Seung-Hee: Sketches on the Sky (2013)

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Seung-Hee: Sketches on the Sky
Brooklyn-based jazz vocalist Seung-Hee possesses the composure of a seasoned chanteuse while demonstrating broader qualities that contain refined arranging skills, classical training, and multilingual singing. The South Korean native represents a soulfully empathetic performer and a composer who's not afraid to take chances as witnessed in Sketches on the Sky, the follow up to 2009's memorable self-produced debut, Waiting.

With a top-notch band that includes the brown-toned reeds of Adam Kolker and rising pianist Frank LoCrasto
Frank LoCrasto
Frank LoCrasto
b.1983
piano
, Seung-Hee offers an eclectic mix with new material and unique covers such as Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
1937 - 2014
bass, acoustic
's "Bohm So Ri" now colored with Korean lyrics. "Sketch Part I" begins the set with a chamber-esque theme that switches tempos and lifts to the skies with unison voice/instrumental acrobatics, and jubilant swinging solos held in check by bassist Ike Sturm
Ike Sturm
Ike Sturm
b.1978
bass
and drummer George Schuller
George Schuller
George Schuller
b.1958
drums
. It's followed by "I'll Be Here" where Seung-Hee's lyrics exude bittersweet longing and graceful symmetry with Sturm's affecting arco.

Seung-Hee's fearlessness is displayed in the unique versioning of Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
b.1950
keyboard
's "Vision" or when tackling the Edu Lobo Brazilian classic "Pra Dizer Adeus." She not only balances different languages but also the ability to use her voice as an expressive instrument that rivals Kolker's tenor flights in Bill Evans
Bill Evans
Bill Evans
1929 - 1980
piano
's "An Elliptical Note." Her artistry and passion for music is infectious throughout the set, culminating with the charming children's song "By the Sea."

Track Listing: Sketch Part I; I'll Be Here; Winter and Then; Bohm So Ri; Sketch Part II; Pra Dizer Adeus;Visions; An elliptical note; Valparaiso; By the Sea.

Personnel: Seung-Hee: voice, compositions and arrangements; Adam Kolker: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet; Frank LoCrasto: piano; Ike Sturm: bass; George Schuller: drums.

Record Label: Sorien Music

Style: Vocal


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