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    Hwang, Jason Kao / Edge – “Crossroads Unseen” – [Euonymous Records]

    Third release by this rising jazz quartet, led by string
    theorist of violin and viola, Jason Kao Hwang. His
    compositions leave lots of room for stellar solo and duo
    action. The middle three taking a more leisurely route
    through multiple points, the end pieces catching speed
    on the corners. Those end cuts also summon a kind of
    Malachi Favors secret funk sauce from bassist Ken Filiano.
    Definitely dig when Hwang and Filiano affiliate for some
    bowed tension, like the title cut’s intro, where Taylor
    Ho Bynum also drops into throaty, breathy, lizard-puffed
    cornet into the brew. Andrew Drury drums are anything but
    dreary, they give this album a lot of drama. This does
    not feel like quaint chamber jazz, but high octane stuff
    at all times. The violin is made for this, can change
    timbre and attack as well as a sax, but still can fly a
    folksy feel a la Bily Bang. Hwang and Bynum sound great
    here, apart and often united on these quick note-for-note
    tightrope sections. Really good, guarantee this one will
    be summoned for future KFJC plays in years to come.

    Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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