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Before Dawn

by Francis Hon

Focusing on the exploration of harmony and waltz, this jazz trio debut album reviews the music journey of a Taiwanese pianist, as the echo from his past including Michael Jackson, Yanni, Joe Hisaishi, Dario Marianelli, and Bill Evans.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Little B’s Poem
7:08 album only
2. Blue Moon
8:07 album only
3. Momentarily
5:58 album only
4. Before Dawn
7:03 album only
5. Morning Star
8:16 album only
6. While We’re Young
6:20 album only
7. Stranger in Moscow
6:50 album only
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Album Notes
Francis Hon - Piano
Jeong Hwan Park - Bass
Billy Drummond - Drums

Produced by Francis Hon

Recorded by Tom Tedesco at Tedesco Studios, Paramus NJ, Jan. 26th, 2017 (Track 1-4, 6-7);
Greg Hanson at Dolan Studio, New York NY, Jan. 30th, 2017 (Track 5).
Mixed and Edited by Michael Kim, New York NY, Feb. 16th and Mar. 5th, 2017.
Mastered by Mike Marciano at Systems Two Recording Studio, Brooklyn NY, Oct. 2nd, 2017.
Photography by Josh Goleman
Design by Xi Lu

All Compositions by Francis Hon © 2017 except Track 1 by Bobby Hutcherson,
Track 6 by Alec Wilder and Morty Palitz, and Track 7 by Michael Jackson.

Liner Notes:

This album is a summary of the musical influences of my life. In each period, I listened to different genres of music whether they were vocal or instrumental. As time went by, all of them gradually accumulated in my memory, coexisted and developed into the style I have now.

The very first recording I can remember listening to is Richard Clayderman’s piano music. I was around five and this “easy listening” style of lyrical piano music was very popular in Taiwan. Many children began to learn the piano because of his music, including me. In 1993, Michael Jackson had his first tour in Taiwan. His visit was like a storm in the whole country. The first recording I purchased in my life was his “Dangerous.” From that moment on his music, groove, and dance have accompanied me. After the “easy listening” and pop, more genres and artists entered my life and fulfilled my musical experience: classical music, new age, Yanni, Joe Hisaishi, film music, Dario Marianelli, and jazz. The music of Bill Evans and Diana Krall are the last ones to arrive in my life but they have had a profound impact on me. As a classical pianist for many years, I didn’t have many chances to reflect these music influences on my performance. However, because of jazz, I felt closer to the music I had listened to since my childhood.

The core of this recording is about harmony and waltz. There are two jazz waltzes recorded by Bill Evans that I listened to so much: “Alice in Wonderland” and “Emily.” Unlike the 4/4 tune, the 3/4 tune provided a momentum which for me is hard to ignore or deny. As a result, I tried to explore the possibility and variety of waltz in many tunes such as “Little B’s Poem,” “Before Dawn,” and “While We’re Young.” For harmony, my favorite part of jazz music, I aimed for the sonority which is not too predictable but still sounds smooth and comfortable. In this album, my compositions or the choice of the existing tunes follows this direction. They are created or arranged based on the harmony. In those four original compositions, there are moments that the atmosphere or the sonority is deeply inspired by the music I love, crossing various genres including many Michael Jackson’s songs, French composer Poulenc’s “Eight Nocturnes for Piano,” and the soundtrack from the movie “Pride & Prejudice” by Dario Marianelli.

At this point, I am truly grateful for this opportunity which enabled me to review my musical journey. The music in this recording is the echo from my past. I hope that this concept can be delivered honestly at every moment on this album.



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