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Going Express

by Helen Sung

Recorded live at the Jazz Standard club in New York City, pianist/composer Helen Sung presents a thrilling set of original tunes & standards assisted by a sterling cast of musicians: saxophonist Seamus Blake, drummer Eric Harland, & bassist Lonnie Plaxico
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Going Express
8:16 $0.99
2. Bitter
4:18 $0.99
3. Love For Sale
6:02 $0.99
4. Hope Springs Eternally
7:44 $0.99
5. In Walked Bud
7:27 $0.99
6. Eronel
7:55 $0.99
7. Bittersweet
8:47 $0.99
8. Lotus Blossom
5:53 $0.99
9. Smile
5:52 album only
10. Duplicity
7:51 album only
11. CD Liner Notes by Pianist Billy Childs
4:32 album only
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Album Notes
PLEASE NOTE: This CD includes two bonus tracks and audio liner notes (mp3 files) available via CD-ROM with the physical disc OR digital download of the entire album.

Award-winning jazz pianist/composer Helen Sung is pioneering her own path: as an Asian-American artist, she challenges stereotypes with a singular voice informed by her virtuosity in classical, jazz, & popular music. An aspiring classical pianist before “a Tommy Flanagan solo changed everything,” Sung is a graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and has gone on to work with such jazz masters as Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter. Based in New York City, she has released several critically acclaimed albums and, in addition to her own band, can be seen with the Mingus Big Band, T.S.Monk, and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Sung has been featured on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, NPR’s JazzSet, and in publications including DownBeat, JazzTimes, and Keyboard. With recent performances at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival, Fontana Chamber Arts Festival, Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Festival (where she won the Piano Competition), and duo concerts with master bassist Ron Carter, she is poised for the international stage – her trio was featured at the Kalisz International Jazz Piano Festival (Poland) and her NuGenerations project toured Africa as a US State Department-Rhythm Road band. In performance, Sung welcomes “listeners into her world: a place of passion, adventure and drama, and truckloads of rhythm…taking audiences for a ride they won’t soon forget.” (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Artist Notes about Going Express:
Live recording recalls a Japanese art form pianist Bill Evans wrote about in his liner notes to 'Kind of Blue': the artist must paint spontaneously with an uninterrupted, deliberate brush stroke where erasure or change is impossible; there are no “do-over’s.” This ‘being-in-the-moment’ is the same place where improvising musicians seek to dwell during performance.

About the selections: the title track "Going Express" is a nod to the NYC subway (love those express trains), and a product of my restless impatience to just get there already; "Hope Springs Eternally" is a love song to the human heart’s resilience in times of suffering & difficulty; "Bittersweet" expresses the eternal ache of that same heart. Being a big fan of Meshell Ndegeocello, I include my arrangement of her ballad "Bitter". The remaining songs probably warrant no further explanation than: I love putting a personal spin on familiar material.

In closing, I have to thank Francois Zalacain & Sunnyside Records; Seth Abramson, Zak Shelby-Szyszko, and everyone at the Jazz Standard (one of my favorite clubs!); Aaron Nevezie & John Davis; Jim Anderson, Tino Passante of Avatar Studios, Alan Silverman; Jason Cina, and Chris Drukker for their expertise & help in crafting my first live recording as leader. And of course, to the fabulous musicians (Eric, Seamus, Lonnie) and folks who joined us that evening – many thanks for the love, the enthusiasm, the energy…I look forward to re-living that moment-in-time with all of you! xoxo…HELEN



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Walter Jamieson

Buy Again Without Duplicating
I already own this excellent CD and have given it a brief five star review on Amazon. HOWEVER, with two additional tracks, liner notes and a MUCH BETTER COVER I will probably buy it again.