HELEN SUNG, ANTHEM FOR A NEW DAY

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Updated February 21, 2014

If you haven’t heard of pianist Helen Sung, her new recording Anthem For A New Day is a great introduction to her music and highly recommended. She’s been on my radar for a while now, ever since she sent me her 2011 Steeplechase Records release (Re)Conception – that I reviewed here.

From the titles of her recordings, you can tell that this classically trained musician is forging her own path in jazz, relentlessly exploring new sounds while opening up the possibilities on existing standards. It was by happenstance that I found her playing a late night set at 55 Bar in NYC last year with her band – drummer Obed Calvaire, bassist Rueben Rogers, violinist Meg Okura and a crushing frontline of trumpeter Marcus Printup and saxophonist Jaleel Shaw – under the moniker “Helen Sung Electric Company.” Modest and unassuming, she told me that a new record was forthcoming and she was writing music for electric keyboards. Her creative instinct was right -- the new album is her best yet.


Read my review of Anthem here on the WRTI website, Philadelphia's Jazz and Classical station.

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HELEN SUNG, ANTHEM FOR A NEW DAY

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Updated February 21, 2014

If you haven’t heard of pianist Helen Sung, her new recording Anthem For A New Day is a great introduction to her music and highly recommended. She’s been on my radar for a while now, ever since she sent me her 2011 Steeplechase Records release (Re)Conception – that I reviewed here.

From the titles of her recordings, you can tell that this classically trained musician is forging her own path in jazz, relentlessly exploring new sounds while opening up the possibilities on existing standards. It was by happenstance that I found her playing a late night set at 55 Bar in NYC last year with her band – drummer Obed Calvaire, bassist Rueben Rogers, violinist Meg Okura and a crushing frontline of trumpeter Marcus Printup and saxophonist Jaleel Shaw – under the moniker “Helen Sung Electric Company.” Modest and unassuming, she told me that a new record was forthcoming and she was writing music for electric keyboards. Her creative instinct was right -- the new album is her best yet.


Read my review of Anthem here on the WRTI website, Philadelphia's Jazz and Classical station.

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