Someone asked me recently how I keep up with the all the music that he and I talk about. I responded "I spend a lot of time in my car and, instead of listening to the news, I listen to music. When some album really catches my ear, I bring it inside, listen on better speakers, really paying attention and then, time willing, write about it."
Here are two such attentions grabbers.
"City Animal" has much to offer the passionate listener. Hard to sit still as this band kicks in and the solos stand out throughout the program. If you listen to her 2016 effort "A Room of One's Own" and then this fine album, you'll hear that Yuhan Su is not only an excellent instrumentalist but has matured into a fine composer whose music has depth, intelligence, wit, and power. Listen closely - you should find much to enjoy!
For more information, go to www.yuhansu.com.
Here's the title track:
If you have never heard NYSQ, you can start with "Heaven Steps to Seven" but - be warned - it'll be hard not to check out the rest of their excellent albums. They play with great fire, with gentleness, wit, and always sound happy to be together. Can't beat that.
For more information, go to www.nysq.org.
Here's the Quartet's splendid take of the Charlie Parker tune: