Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra with Rich Perry and Ingrid Jensen – EE‑Ya‑Gi (Stories) [Mama Records]

Hyeseon (pronounced Hay-Sun) is clearly on a journey of exploration with her debut album, incorporating diverse elements into this collection:  a slightly retro and Asian take (#1), a fusion feel at the start of #2, a Latin feel (#3), jazzifying a Korean folk melody in #4, the nonverbal choralizing in #5 evoking film scores from the sixties, a tone poem (#7), and a ballad for the final cut.  Clean and well-laid arrangements, interesting harmonic progressions at times.

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