SUN-MI HONG: Dreams From Her Kit

The Sun-Mi Hong Quintet certainly knows tone and shading, coloring and rhythmic play. As leader and percussionist, Hong skillfully guides the music by adding texture on drums, allowing each member of the ensemble equal space and bandwidth. Collectively, it’s a jazz breeze. Her 2020 album “Self-Strewn Portrait” was beset some of the now well- known... Continue Reading →

Lyle Mays Composes a Sunrise; “Eberhard” Single Released Posthumously

An incredibly luscious, stirring song whose ambience is delicate and nuanced, all 13 minutes of the new song “Eberhard” from recently passed pianist/composer Lyle Mays are like a much-anticipated train excursion through picture-perfect landscapes. The breadth of instrumentation adds to the journey as the listener is treated lovingly with a softly intricate sax solo, flavorful... Continue Reading →

Embellish Your Instrument

There's nothing like wailing out on your sax or hitting those highs on your trumpet when you have a gorgeous showpiece as well; something that's individual to you and expresses who you are. Robert Majzik (a Hungarian craftsman now residing in Tokyo) has been engraving for over 35 years. He's working on a (secret) new... Continue Reading →

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