Album Reviews

“…Her music is unhackneyed, melodic, welcoming.  She spins out long graceful lines that aren’t four-bar modules copied from other pianists.  She has her own voice, or I should say, “voices.”  The performances often begin with a simple melodic motif set over a clear, swinging rhythmic foundation . . . and they transparently show off her curiosity. …” 

“……..the results are gently playful, as if she were turning over brightly-colored bits of melody and harmony in the sunlight to see what reflections they cast on the while wall.    She can be tender, ruminative, but she can also create vivid joyous dances: songs that call out for lyrics. …”

“…Her playing is spare but I never felt it to be sparse, the sonic equivalent of a large room with one canvas chair against the wall.  No, her single notes seem just right — percussive commentary when needed, lyrical otherwise, and her harmonies are lovely, neither formulaic nor jarring. …”

“…It’s clear that she has steeped herself in the jazz tradition — reaching far and wide to include bebop, Jimmy Rowles, Ellington, Monk, and American popular song at its best — but she is herself. …..”

– Michael Steinman, <JAZZ LIVES>

*Full text is available here: (https://jazzlives.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/ms-yoo-to-you-i-am-curious-jinjoo-yoo-neal-miner-jimmy-wormworth-gut-string-records/)

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