Anthem for a New Day

Anthem for a New Day

by Helen SungHelen Sung


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Although she has released several trio albums, Helen Sung's 2014 album, Anthem for a New Day, is the pianist's first quintet album. As the 2007 Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition winner, Sung has displayed her virtuosic abilities backing such luminaries as trumpeter Clark Terry, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and trumpeter Jon Faddis, just to name a few. Here, Sung takes center stage backed by a stellar cast of supporting players including saxophonist Seamus Blake, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Reuben Rogers, drummer Obed Calvaire, and others. In a jazz world split between more esoteric avant-garde albums and safe, standards-heavy albums, with Anthem for a New Day Sung finds the perfect balance between intellectual, exploratory improvisation and no-nonsense, finely tailored jazz arranging. On Anthem for a New Day, Sung primarily delves into a handful of new compositions, from the buoyant "Armando's Rhumba" to the expansive "Hidden," as well as several well-chosen covers, including a gorgeous "Never Let Me Go," featuring violinist Regina Carter, and the tense yet funky "Epistrophy." These are immaculate and organically arranged pieces, all played in a swinging, straight-ahead style that allows for all musicians involved to shine. All of which is even more impressive when you consider that Sung, a classical student in college, didn't seriously began exploring jazz until after graduating from the University of Texas in 1995. After years of paying her dues as a sideman and "shedding" her chops in trio settings, with Anthem for a New Day Sung has delivered the soundtrack to the next phase of her career as a jazz leader.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/28/2014
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072344969
catalogNumber: 34496
Rank: 222485

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Helen Sung   Primary Artist,Piano,fender rhodes,Foot Percussion,Hand Percussion
Paquito D'Rivera   Clarinet,Guest Appearance
Seamus Blake   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Regina Carter   Violin,Guest Appearance
Ingrid Jensen   Trumpet
Reuben Rogers   Bass
Samuel Torres   Percussion,Foot Percussion,Hand Percussion
Obed Calvaire   Drums,Foot Percussion,Hand Percussion

Technical Credits

Stanley Cowell   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Armando Anthony Corea   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Helen Sung   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Kenneth Clarke   Composer
Albert J. Roman   Art Direction
Mike Marciano   Engineer

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