Pianist/composer Helen Sung applies color in her playing as creatively a painter would on canvas, with broad bold strokes and intricate touches compromising a compelling work. Anthem For A New Day, her sixth recording, is a colorful array of moods and modes. Sung’s sound is a nice mélange of classical and blues elements, shifting smoothly from acoustic to electric piano. The playlist features a mix of Sung originals and nicely arranged works by Thelonious Monk, Chick Corea and Duke Ellington. Adding to the quality of this effort are saxophonist Seamus Blake, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Reuben Rogers, drummer Obed Calvaire, and percussionist Samuel Torres. Violinist Regina Carter, Paquito D’Rivera (clarinet) and saxophonist John Ellis (bass clarinet) also guest on the project. This eclectic set is completely captivating from start to finish.
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Tracks: Brother Thelonious, Armando’s Rhumba, It Don’t Mean A Thing, Hope Springs Eternally, Anthem, Never Let Me Go, Chaos Theory, Epistrophy, Equipois .