Fresh Sound New Talent 1000 Series

Kevin Sun (sax, cl), Christian Li (p), Jeong Lim Yang (b), Dayeon Seok (d)

Reference: FSNT-1019

Bar code: 8427328480192

01. Decalcomanie (Dayeon Seok)
02. Articulate Space (Kevin Sun)
03. Follow the Leader (Christian Li)
04. Are You Happy Now? (Jeonglim Yang)
05. Great Concavity (Kevin Sun)
06. False Idols (Christian Li)
07. And Now For a Word From Our Sponsors (Kevin Sun)
08. Palindromania's Dream (Jeonglim Yang)
09. Lava (Christian Li)

Album details

MUTE are:
Kevin Sun (C-Melody sax, clarinet), Christian Li (piano), Jeonglim Yang (bass), Dayeon Seok (drums).
Recorded at Baqué Recording Studio, New York City, on August 11, 2018

Sound engineer: Luis Bacqué
Mixed by Eivind Opsvik
Mastered by Pieter De Wagter
Artwork: Diane Zhou
Band photos by Kenneth Jimenez
Liner notes: Noah Fishman

Produced by MUTE
Executive producer: Jordi Pujol
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"The quartet Mute makes the case—and provides a robust blueprint—for a postmodern jazz on its debut album, as ideas flow freely among musicians in an almost mixtape form. It’s not that the group is out to push new tones from its instruments, but there seems to be an effort to reframe familiar sounds and structures.

The album’s nine-minute centerpiece, “Great Concavity,” is a vortex of melodies from drums, bass and piano, pulling the clarinet into deeper, darker tones. Its timbre shifts among atonality à la Lennie Tristano, ornate contemporary classical and punchy post-bop.

That kind of conflicting interplay serves as a theme across the album’s nine tracks as Mute weaves angular and atonal structures with more conventional melodic development. The first section of “Articulate Space” pits Jeonglim Yang’s singing bass and Kevin Sun’s flighty clarinet against Escherian melodies from Christian Li’s keys. But another element at play on Mute comes from the band constantly morphing its ideas and sound; Li’s constructs dissolve into a swirl of crystalline notes that propel the sweetly melancholic clarinet, coming off like a mix of Sondheim and Benny Goodman.

Since individual voices in Mute trade off leading rolls number to number, no single player seems dominant, even when soloing. It’s a balance that other musicians—like multi-instrumentalist Simone Baron, who also recently issued a postmodern collection—are thinking about.

The dynamics of jazz are moving forward, pushing the genre to be more reflective of its democratic values, even as our country seems to be doing that less regularly."

—Jackson Sinnenberga
Down Beat (March, 2020)


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