Skip to main content

Jazz CD Review: Jungsu Choi Tiny Orkester - Tchuss Jazz Era (Challenge Records - 12 January 2018)

Jazz CD Review:
Jungsu Choi Tiny Orkester - Tchuss Jazz Era
(Challenge Records - 12 January 2018)


Listen on Spotify
Listen on Soundcloud

Take classic modern jazz, rev up the energy, add layers of complex rhythms and contrapuntal melody and bass lines, plus virtuosic musicianship and a dash of the avant garde, and you begin to get an idea of what South Korea's Jungsu Choi has to offer. Now, turn the music and arrangements inside out, and the fun really begins.

The 12-piece ensemble never lets up the kinetic energy on this exciting collection of tunes. Stolen Yellow is a blitz of hyperactive percussion, an insane walking bass line, and a sax player who, apparently, rarely needs to breathe.

Charlie Parker's Anthropology gets the Jungsu Choi treatment as a brisk, melodic track lit up by the play between flute and saxophone in an extended improv riff that goes all over the map. Choi is an inventive composer and arranger. What If Ellington Didn't Take The A Train? adds spacey electronic sounds and an avant garde edge to the Orkester's bag of musical tricks. After a tumultuous opening, it breaks into a trombone led section of old Harlem style swing intercut with bursts of hyper modern jazz.



Underneath the crazy playing skills, you get the feel that they're really having fun with the music. In a media release, Jungsu Choi says,

"From start to finish, writing music is a process of making one choice after another. Such choices may come from something inherent; mine were inside me for a long time, put there by something I saw, heard or read, which could even be someone's music, words, or life. This music has been affected, inspired and motivated by the following, and may be considered a homage to...

Nicolas Slonimsky, Mathias Ruegg, Carl Sagan, Mr. Yellow (the 16th President of Korea), Ludwig Wittgenstein, Fred Sturm, Michael Gibbs, Duke Ellington, my insomnia, Night sky in Byul-Nae and Yeonsun Choi."

Jungsu Choi studied and worked in Europe for a decade, including film music, electro-acoustic music, and jazz composition at the Vienna Conservatory and Kingston University London. He's arranged and written music for dance and theatre as well wel other bands and orchestras. This is his second release.

Track List:
1. Stolen Yellow
2. Anthropology
3. Nach Wien
4. What if Ellington didn't take the A train
5. Spain

Musicians:
Jungsu Choi (Composer/Arranger), Jinho Pyo (Male Voice), Eunmi Kim (Flute), Yusun Nam (Alto sax), Hachul Song (Tenor sax), Yejung Kim (Trumpet), Junyeon Lee (Trombone), Jungyun Ahn (Cello), Sungyun Hong (Guitar), Jungmin Lee (Piano), Inseob Song (Bass), Hyunsu Lee (Drums)

Stay in touch:
https://www.jungsuchoi.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ad305
https://soundcloud.com/j-c-jazz-symphony
https://www.youtube.com/user/jungsuchoijazz

Comments

What Else Is Hot This Week?

FACTORY presents World Premiere ACTS OF FAITH November 19 to 28 2020 - Free Livestream

 From a media release: World Premiere FACTORY presents  ACTS OF FAITH by David Yee Directed by Nina Lee Aquino Starring Natasha Mumba November 19 – 28, 2020 @ 7:30PM Streamed live for 6 performances Free of charge TORONTO (October 19, 2020) - To kick off its groundbreaking 2020/21 season, Factory presents the world premiere of acts of faith, by multi-award winning Asian Canadian playwright David Yee, directed by Nina Lee Aquino, and starring Natasha Mumba. Written specifically to be performed for a digital platform, acts of faith will stream live to audiences at home for six performances, November 19-28, 2020.  Thanks to the generous support of the TD Bank Group, admission is being offered entirely free of charge to audiences across the country and beyond. acts of faith tells a story about the power of faith, the inescapable persistence of our online identities, and the nature of truth in a digital age. The story follows Faith, a young woman who gets mistaken for a prophet. When a ques

Blues Single | Bushwick Blooze Band: Waiting (Independent / 20 October 2020)

Blues Single Bushwick Blooze Band: Waiting (Independent / 20 October 2020) Stream It From Your Fave Service Waiting is the latest in a string of singles released by Bushwick Blooze Band. The Brooklyn-based blues trio have been performing and recording the blues around the NYC area since 2018. Their first album "Cryin' for the L Train" was released in January 2019, and included covers of famous songs composed by their greatest influencers such as Little Richard, The Allman Brothers Band, Freddie King, and Eddie Vinson.  Bushwick Blooze Band is finishing up the production of their second album "Yes Dear" and unlike the previous cover record, this new album will be their first original contribution to the genres they love. Waiting is an upbeat blues track with a party kind of veneer over solid musicianship. What begins with a classic blues feel transforms into an extended psychadelic flavoured trip. Inventive guitar licks almost make you forget about the virtuosity

Experimental Solo Guitar | Dan Pitt: Monochrome (Independent / September 4 2020)

Experimental Solo Guitar Dan Pitt: Monochrome (Independent / September 4 2020) Buy it on Bandcamp Toronto guitarist and composer Dan Pitt explores new ground in Monochrome, a recent release. The compositions for solo guitar each take a different approach. Pitt's musical imagination is inventive. Ghosts is contemplative, criss-crossing the line between jazz and classical music, and in and out of tonality. It has an interestingly eerie effect. The piece contrasts with Attraction and its buzzy, erratic energy that bursts into spurts of lightening quick notes. He returns to a more conventional contemporary jazz idiom in The Sorrow - but one that ends with an intriguing twist on the form. Long Lake is a classic acoustic guitar track, folky and melodic. Ditto is a standout, a distinctly contemporary exploration of contrapuntal melodies that at times sounds like a murmur of voices. Which Way Is Up is another highlight of the release with its elegant approach to minimalism. Electronic effe

CD Release: TriBeCaStan's New Deli Breaks the Time/Space Continuum in New Deli (Feb 7)

From a media release: New Release from Little Known Government of TriBeCaStan : Capital New Deli Found to Have Irregular Time-Space Continuum EverGreene Music - February 7, 2012 TriBeCaStan: News Alert. This morning Aljazzeera reported that the questionable nation of TriBeCaStan ( www.tribecastan.tv ) has made scientific breakthroughs in time travel. The unrecognized republic of nomads has broken the code of the time/space continuum. And by broken we mean: it no longer works. Applying sonic techniques once only known to a small group of punk rock shamans, the nation's most prestigious scientific entity, the TriBeCaStani FolkLorkEstra, uses sound alone to simultaneously place listeners in eras separated by decades and terrains separated by oceans. The breakthrough is outlined in an auditory compendium titled New Deli (distributed by the state-run EverGreene Music, set for release February 7, 2012 ), a recording that allows the world to experience a type of soulful networking mor

Blaise La Bamba & Kotakoli November 7th 2020 Online - PWYC

 From a media release: Batuki Music Society and Alliance Francaise Toronto present A virtual concert featuring Blaise La Bamba & Kotakoli November 7th 2020 at 8:00 PM Enjoy the concert from home! K inshasa’s vibrant nightlife has long been world-famous. It is home to the subculture known informally as the Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People (SAPEUR), which has spread its influence through artists such as Papa Wemba. Blaise La Bamba is part of this scene. He has worked with some of the top names of Congolese music, in particular General Defao. I n 2018, Blaise La Bamba founded Kotakoli , an all-star collective of musicians that perform an energetic mix of Congolese rumba and soukous . In the company of Kotakoli, this veteran musician brings Congolese popular music back to the forefront, with spellbinding dances. The Details Date: Saturday November 7th, 2021  Blaise La Bamba and Kotakoli Virtual Concert Time: 8:00 PM Tickets: Pay what you can This concert is offered to you