Kevin Sun | The Sustain of Memory

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The Sustain of Memory

by Kevin Sun

Three long-form works uncovering new emotional valences in the shadowy post-tonal language favored by the jazz and improvised music vanguard of recent years.
Genre: Jazz: Avant-Garde Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Middle of Tensions: I
3:30 $0.99
2. The Middle of Tensions: II
5:17 $0.99
3. The Middle of Tensions: III
5:23 $0.99
4. The Middle of Tensions: IV
11:25 album only
5. The Middle of Tensions: V
6:34 $0.99
6. The Middle of Tensions: VI
4:14 $0.99
7. Circle, Line: I
2:27 $0.99
8. Circle, Line: II
2:02 $0.99
9. Circle, Line: III
3:42 $0.99
10. Circle, Line: IV
1:43 $0.99
11. Circle, Line: V
1:55 album only
12. Circle, Line: VI
2:11 $0.99
13. Circle, Line: VII
3:12 $0.99
14. Circle, Line: VIII
1:44 $0.99
15. Circle, Line: IX
2:53 $0.99
16. Circle, Line: X
2:42 $0.99
17. Circle, Line: XI
2:04 $0.99
18. Circle, Line: XII
2:41 $0.99
19. The Rigors of Love: I
9:34 $0.99
20. The Rigors of Love: II
12:56 album only
21. The Rigors of Love: III
25:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
Liner notes by Andrew Katzenstein:

The novelist Penelope Fitzgerald wrote that “the ambition of children everywhere is to have their games taken seriously.” One might object that this ambition is shared by adults, but the truth is that most of us lose it as we age: seeing time and again the indifference of others to our whims and passions, our games lose the aura of necessity and wonder they held for us in our youth.

Instead, we join those games offered to us by society: the pursuit of money, the establishment of reputation, the maintenance of sexual desirability. These aren't happy games, in part because we're seldom sure what is compelling us to play them, so further diversions—intoxicants, the charisma of celebrity and of commodities—help us forget our unease.

Some keep playing their games despite various distractions and exigencies, not only getting others to take them seriously but showing us that these games are serious and worthy of our care and adoration. This does not preclude exploration and irreverence but in fact demands them: the game needs to be refined, expanded, and occasionally rewritten lest it get played out. As the title of the final piece on this album suggests, what one loves must be dealt with rigorously. It should remain a source of discovery, succor, and joy.

The music included here reveals a composer and improviser searching for, and going quite a way toward finding, new rules by which he can apply his many skills: here, cadences, despite their angularity or rhythmic novelty, have the integrity and well-worn edges of more familiar structures; passages seem to move against themselves like countervailing currents in an eddy; rollicking swing rests securely on a base of crystalline delicacy.

Such inventions provide the grounds for many moments of unexpected transcendence, as thrilling as they are engaging—the chant-like melody in the second section of The Middle of Tensions, the iridescent visions that emerge from Circle, Line's feats of spiritual austerity, the haunting end to the mirthful and swaggering second half of The Rigors of Love.



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