Kevin Sun, Du Yi's Choir, Endectomorph ****

Quotation of the day, blog of the day, track of the day, sheng of the day: phew, all of the above. First things first the quotation: "Finally, a jazz tribute album that doesn't try to put arms on the Venus de Milo". Now that's a quote for the …

Published: 23 Aug 2021. Updated: 26 days.

Quotation of the day, blog of the day, track of the day, sheng of the day: phew, all of the above. First things first the quotation: "Finally, a jazz tribute album that doesn't try to put arms on the Venus de Milo". Now that's a quote for the ages. That takes us to the blog of the day from which the quip is drawn the Jay Harvey Upstage blog which is excellent on Kevin Sun's <3 Bird. Track of the day has to be 'Du Yi's Choir' with Sun switching to the sheng (a Chinese mouth-blown reed instrument equipped with upright pipes). Jay Harvey Upstage, ah the art-of-the-blog cutting to the chase, comments "'Dewey Square'" is punningly reconceived as 'Du Yi's Choir,' and Sun picks up on his own heritage by turning for the only time on the disc to the sheng.'' Kevin kindly guest blogged for marlbank a few years ago. You can read that piece here. Also catch up on (Un) Seaworthy from last year here. We're big fans of the saxist and on this new record to be released later this week he excels himself all over again Birding it up all so ingeniously.

Kevin Sun photo via Endectomorph on Bandcamp

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Smiles all round over Joshua Crumbly's single The See

Terence Blanchard used to, maybe still does, call Joshua Crumbly ''Smiler'' and it's smiles all round hearing all the thriving on a riff that is developed on the bassist's 'The See' from ForEver following on from last year's Rise. Look for the …

Published: 23 Aug 2021. Updated: 26 days.

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Terence Blanchard used to, maybe still does, call Joshua Crumbly ''Smiler'' and it's smiles all round hearing all the thriving on a riff that is developed on the bassist's 'The See' from ForEver following on from last year's Rise. Look for the album to be released in October on the composer and multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily's figureight records.

Joshua Crumbly photo above: Drew Robinson, and top via Crumbly's Twitter