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
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.
Labels: Concord Jazz Records, Helen Sung, Ingrid Jensen, Obed Calvaire, Rueben Rogers, Seamus Blake