Title - 'Lilac Hill'
Artist - Sukyung Kim
For those not in the know, the just-released Lilac Hill, Korean-born, Brooklyn based pianist/composer Sukyung Kim's self-produced, five song debut EP, is a veritable musical masterpiece that blends a highly personal collection of musical sensibilities with the most perfect balance of sophistication and creativity.
"These compositions are very personal to me," Kim reveals, "they are like my secret record of feelings and images. I am grateful to be able to finally share them with the world and I hope that they might touch anyone who is going through hard times."
Kim is a jazz pianist and composer from Korea, now based in Brooklyn, NY. She began studying classical piano at the age of 4 and from an early age, she regularly played at local churches and accompanied singers.
She moved to New York and majored in Piano Performance at SUNY Binghamton and after learning an extensive repertoire, she wanted to learn more about jazz and composing.
She then decided to move to New York City to be involved in the New York jazz scene. In 2017, she began studying Master’s program in Jazz Performance at NYU and Kevin Hays, Alan Broadbent, Drew Gress, Alex Sipiagin and Ari Hoenig have been her mentors.
1. 'Lilac Hill' (4:24)
2. 'Stargazers' (8:08)
3. 'Bluebird' (5:06)
4. 'Summer Days' (5:45)
5. 'California' (6:54)
With the entire EP drawn from a dream Kim had of a purple hill, and how such a place made her feel so safe and sound, the EP opens with the upright bass-led, fast 5/8 title track, and backs that up with the, at first, languishing ambiance, latterly a medium swing movement, of the longest track, at just over eight minutes, the quite superbly enthralling, 'Stargazing.'
Next up is the Poinciana groove and lyrical melodies of 'Bluebird,' a track that also allows Kim to pay tribute to her favorite pianist, Keith Jarret.
The dulcet, drifting majesty of the nostalgically-vibed 'Summer Days' is just simply a masterful work of musical art, and one that allows Kim to play Rhodes on the 5/4 tune, and then the EP closes out on the intimately delicate at times, chorale-like at others, 'California' (a tune composed about Kim's childhood in California).
Musicians - Sukyung Kim: piano; Ethan Helm: saxophone; Paul JuBong Lee: guitar; Luca Alemanno: bass; and Jongkuk Kim: drums.
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