Recent Press for Jen Shyu, Liberty Ellman and Amir ElSaffar

Another excellent review of Jen Shyu’s latest recording, “Sounds and Cries of the World”, this time from Larry Blumenfeld of the Wall Street Journal:

“Ms. Shyu makes a statement of cultural preservation with her Jade Tongue ensemble, yet it arrives embedded gracefully within a quite natural, if startlingly distinctive, form of musical expression. …Her voice, a wonder of technical control and unrestrained emotion”.

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The latest edition of DownBeat magazine features an engaging interview with Liberty Ellman. Ellman talks about his work with Pi, including his latest recording, “Radiate”, while also sharing his approach to composition and the expansion of the Jazz language.

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Amir ElSaffar’s latest recording, “Crisis”, received a great review from Bill Beuttler of JazzTimes:

“…among the most notable releases of 2015. …ElSaffar’s ensemble is first rate. But it is ElSaffar’s composing for the seven-part Crisis Suite, a commentary on recent Iraqi and Middle Eastern history, that shines brightest here”.

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