JOHN CHIN

Black­out Con­cep­tion Fresh Sound

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - RAY COMISKEY

Chin is a youngish, bop-flavoured pi­anist with a swing­ing, melodic style and an un­am­bigu­ously full sound. It serves him well on the in­ven­tive trio treat­ments of Bern­stein’s Some Other Time and the dis­so­nant chord­ing of his own I Won’t Ar­gue With You, but the del­i­cacy of Stray­horn’s Pas­sion Flower is lost to an oth­er­wise at­trac­tive swing­ing medium tempo. A big plus is the pres­ence of tenor sax­o­phon­ist Mark Turner on the re­main­ing four pieces. Al­though Chin tends to comp rather em­phat­i­cally be­hind a soloist, Turner is such a strong, ma­ture per­former that he can deal with it. The best mo­ments oc­cur when he’s around; he is bril­liant on Kenny Bar­ron’s Lul­laby and per­haps finest of all on Chin’s lovely, if mourn­ful, Af­ter Crash, where his flow­ing, flu­ent and lyri­cal solo is a high­light of an en­joy­able album. www.fresh­soundrecords.com

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