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Friday, March 30, 2018

EP Review: Jinjoo Yoo - I'm Curious.

Jinjoo Yoo (piano); Neil Miner (bass); Jimmy Wormworth (drums).
(Review by Lance)
I groaned and muttered, 'Not another one!' By which I mean piano trios playing original compositions and I was reaching for the bin button when something caught my eye.
Michael Steinman.
I'm Curious to borrow the title of this EP.
Now those of you who have met Michael at Whitley Bay or visited his Jazz Lives site will know he's a man who doesn't suffer fools gladly and if Michael gives the quaintly named (by western standards) Jinjoo Yoo the thumbs up you know a treat will be in store.
I wasn't wrong - one of the most listenable albums I've heard in many a turntable revolution!
Although very bop-influenced in her solos, Jinjoo is able to spread her fingers across many genres, Bud Powell or Mel Powell, she takes them all in her stride, and I use the word advisedly. However, it's not just her playing but also her compositions which are almost singable before she takes off down the improvisational road.
Of course, good as Jinjoo is, her game is lifted to an even higher level, if that were possible, by the presence of Miner and Wormworth who provide the perfect support. Miner also plays some impressive solos.
Jinjoo studied with Barry Harris and it shows.
A late addition to my Album of the Month.
Lance

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