Michael J. West previewed the trio show this Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Twins Jazz in DC in Washingtonian. Read the full preview below:
Sunday, February 18
The (not-so-) secret of the pianoless saxophone trio is that it doesn’t just reduce the saxophonist’s harmonic restrictions, it reduces their restrictions, period, leaving them room to run wild in any direction without bumping their heads against the walls. Tenor saxophonist Kevin Sun does a bit of that—who wouldn’t, given the chance? More often, however, he exploits the openness of his trio setting to play about with the timbre and melodic possibilities of his instrument. Or, rather, his instruments: Sun plays tenor, but also clarinet and (dig this) C-melody saxophone, an instrument rarely heard since Frank Trumbauer in the 1920s. “Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves,” Lewis Carroll wrote; Hogwash, Sun seems to say. He tends to the sounds, as do bassist Walter Stinson and drummer Matt Honor, and lets the sense flow from those. The Kevin Sun Trio performs at 8 and 10 PM at Twins Jazz, 1344 U Street, Northwest. $10.