"...it all sounds new" — TNYCJR
The first review of Trio (out February 2, 2018) is in the January 2018 issue of the New York City Jazz Record. Full review by Donald Elfman below:
Review by Donald Elfman
The New York City Jazz Record, January 2018
Kevin Sun has created a challenging, academic yet intensely thoughtful set f pieces derived and inspired, though not slavishly, from solos of past saxophone masters. Sun and his sympathetic partners, bassist Walter Stinson and drummer Matt Honor, offer improvisations reflecting a group ethic and individual creation.
If you happened to be in Nashua, New Hampshire last November 13, 2017, you might have heard some improvisatory two-horn strains emanating from the Riverwalk Cafe. Fortunately for those who might not have been there, we've shared a gig tape (iPhone memo) from that gig, which was one of the highlights of our album release tour.
The program is now available to stream on The Jazz Hole Live, hosted by Linus Wyrsch. Enjoy.
"...pleasing sonic inventiveness and inspired improvisations"
Monarch Magazine, a publication "for connoisseurs seeking the very best that life has to offer," wrote about Earprint for its Winter 2016 issue. Check out the full text below:
A young quartet with new ideas and the chops to realize them, Earprint's debut CD draws as much from Ornette Coleman as it does from rock, hip-hop, swing, and minimalism. The chordless group, which formed while the players were students at New England Conservatory, features saxophonist Kevin Sun, trumpeter Tree Palmedo, bassist Simón Willson, and drummer Dor Herskovits. While Sun is the primary composer, all the members make at least one contribution to the recording's eleven original tracks. The group calls their approach "aggressively melodic" and "shamelessly youthful." It's certainly fresh, full of pleasing sonic inventiveness and inspired improvisations.
"...it is all somewhat esoteric and tongue in cheek."
Jazz Journal in the UK wrote a bit about Earprint for its January 2017 issue. Full review below:
Earprint (2 stars)
By Derek Ansell (Jazz Journal, January 2017)
This pianoless quartet seem to be offering a 21st take on the Ornette Coleman method of free jazz with slightly different instrumentation. Palmedo seems to have a very good rapport with Sun, mostly on tenor sax, although he does play clarinet on two compositions. All the tracks have free-flowing, improvised lines with strong, almost equal importance given to the bass and drums. Palmedo also uses an ocean drum on one track. With tracks like The Holy Quiet and The Golden Girder Strikes Again, it is all somewhat esoteric and tongue in cheek. All the musicians merge well together on each selection and there is an attractive, spontaneous feel to most pieces. Good fun, if you like this sort of thing.