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Tom Hull lists Trio at the #9 spot on his end of 2018 jazz album list. He's rated over 20,000 albums on his website; take a look:
"...tantalizing tensions between form and freedom"
Jon Garelick wrote some kind words about Trio for Jazziz magazine. The review isn't available at Jazziz online yet, but you can read the full text below:
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Kevin Sun – Trio (Endectomorph Music)
Reed player and composer Kevin Sun established a reputation for rigorous scholarship with his blog, "A Horizontal Search," which boasts more than 120 solo transcriptions of everyone from Clifford Brown and John Coltrane to Steve Coleman and Vijay Iyer. How fastidious is Sun? Studying Lester Young, he went so far as to get a hold of the kind of tenor — fitted with vintage mouthpiece — that Pres played with Basie. What's more, he's taken up the oddball C-melody saxophone simply because that was the horn played by one of Young's influences, Frankie Trumbauer.
"Who says modern jazz practitioners can’t have some fun with some jazz history?"
Audiophile Audition gave Trio four stars. Read the original review by Doug Simpson here (full text below).
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Kevin Sun – Trio – Endectomorph Music EMM-003, 71:47 [2/2/18] ****
June 27, 2018
Saxophonist and clarinetist Kevin Sun is a good example of moving beyond what one knows. On the one hand, Sun has spent considerable time and effort transcribing solos by John Coltrane, Steve Coleman, Hank Jones, Joe Henderson, Vijay Iyer and more. Nevertheless, Sun is much more than a replication instrumentalist. He understands the importance of tradition and studying master musicians but he does not rely on recreating what those artists have done. Instead Sun uses what he has learned to push his music forward and propel his creativity.
Throughout his debut as leader—the 72-minute, 14-track Trio—Sun displays his imaginative performance style, his compositional skills and his group improvisational perception. The Brooklyn-based Sun is also a member of the quartet Great on Paper and the chordless quartet Earprint. He studied composition with Miguel Zenón and John Hollenbeck, and cites Coleman, Iyer, Miles Okazaki, Henry Threadgill, Steve Lehman and Turner as influences. Supporting Sun is bassist Walter Stinson (see Adam O’Farrill and the Parker tribute ensemble Early Bird Jazz Band) and drummer Matt Honor (whose background includes the modern jazz collective Cowboys & Frenchmen).