With material from a media release
Toronto's Robert Lee: Cha-Ran
(August 26, 2022 / ℗ 2022 TPR Records)
Toronto bassist Robert Lee's new release puts the bass centre stage in melodic and often mesmerizing music. You could call it global jazz, or fusion of sorts. It's unique and inventive, and quite compelling.
In his hands, the bass becomes a lyrical solo instrument, capable of carrying the tune, so to speak.
Lee weaves his intricate bass lines in and out of the vocals, with electronic keyboard as a sweet edged harmonic backdrop in The King and the Mountain, the first single from the release. It's typical of the mix of moods and genres on the release.
‘Cha-Ran’ is the sophomore album of bassist and composer Robert Lee. He combines jazz and the spirit of improvisation with melodic and harmonic elements inspired by Korean folk stories and music.
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