Ethan Iverson inspires rising star Hayoung Lyou who debuts this spring

Track of the day is the excellent 'Night Person' by pianist Hayoung Lyou who this spring debuts with Metamorphosis. The pianist writes in the liner notes that the title track itself was composed “after attending an Ethan Iverson performance at the …

Published: 24 Feb 2020. Updated: 4 months.

Track of the day is the excellent 'Night Person' by pianist Hayoung Lyou who this spring debuts with Metamorphosis.

The pianist writes in the liner notes that the title track itself was composed “after attending an Ethan Iverson performance at the Village Vanguard. When I came home, I sat at the piano and searched for a melody that reminded me of Ethan.”

Following studies at Berklee and the New England Conservatory in Boston, taught by Joanne Brackeen, Jason Moran, Helen Sung and Iverson, Lyou – who is now based in New York – on the album is to be heard with alto saxophonist/clarinettist Jasper Dütz and tenor saxophonist Jacob Shulman (the producer of the record), bassist Simón Willson and drummer Dayeon Seok. Metamorphosis also includes a guest vocal by Wonmi Jung.

Listen to the deftly laconic 'Night Person', drawn from the Endectomorph Music label release to be issued in April, now streaming.

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Enrico Pieranunzi, Jasper Somsen, Jorge Rossy, Common View

Dream jazz. Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi, Dutch double bassist Jasper Somsen and Catalan drummer Jorge Rossy have long honed their craft. They have a vision, the missing ingredient in many jazz albums and they proceed to display it abundantly …

Published: 24 Feb 2020. Updated: 4 months.

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Dream jazz. Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi, Dutch double bassist Jasper Somsen and Catalan drummer Jorge Rossy have long honed their craft. They have a vision, the missing ingredient in many jazz albums and they proceed to display it abundantly throughout the Somsen-produced impressionism of Common View.

Pieranunzi has one of the lushest sounds imaginable, in other words his piano playing sings and that is why he is a great. He understands that what he is doing is about the study of touch. Rossy knows about the art of the piano trio through his work with Brad Mehldau and his presence on any record particularly in the context of the classic piano trio is very significant. I am not sure what his secret is. The more I think about it perhaps it is his timing, not in the sense of timekeeping, in the sense of waiting and reacting.

Somsen reminds me of the bassist Christian Spering in other words his expertise is in tonal purity and a full sound. He caresses the sound as it journeys into an inner consciousness of imagination.

Songs, they are so much more than 'tunes' here are: Falling From The Sky, Silk Threads, Sofá, Turn In The Path, Love Waiting Endlessly, Perspectives, Instant Reveal I, Who Knows About Tomorrow, Instant Reveal II, Recuerdo.

World class pianism and the art of the trio, exhibit one. It's been a while since something of this calibre has come along. A beautiful record. SG

Issued by Challenge on 6 March