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Mulberry Street

Jeff Fairbanks' Project Hansori Audio CD

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listen  1. San Ma DaJeff Fairbanks' Project Hansori 6:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Woodside StoryJeff Fairbanks, Project Hansori 9:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Hoping for HopeJeff Fairbanks, Project Hansori10:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Han Oh Baek Nyeon / 500 Years (Korean Traditional)Jeff Fairbanks, Project Hansori 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Bi Bim BopJeff Fairbanks, Project Hansori 8:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mulberry Street Part I: Entrance and Funeral MarchJeff Fairbanks, Project Hansori 6:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mulberry Street Part II: Scaring Away Evil Spirits with Joyful SoundsJeff Fairbanks, Project Hansori 7:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mulberry Street Part III: Releasing GriefJeff Fairbanks, Project Hansori 7:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mulberry Street Part IV: The Send-OffJeff Fairbanks, Project Hansori 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Jazz composers have turned to Far East on a number of notable occasions for inspiration. Included in the list are Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn (The Far East Suite), Dave Brubeck (Jazz Impressions of Japan) and guitarist Pierre Dørge, whose New Jungle Orchestra have traversed the musical universe from Polynesia to Malaysia to to Southeast Asia to Africa. Trombonist/composer Jeff Fairbanks' Project Hansori incorporates traditional Korean and Chinese folk melodies into contemporary jazz on its impressive debut recording. Mulberry Street (BJU Records) blends the talents of a 17-piece big band with traditional Korean instruments, special guest Fred Ho's mighty baritone saxophone and, one 1 track, Heun Choi Fairbanks on cello. The fusion works nicely right from the opening track San Da Ma, with its Korean Church hymn melody played in unison on Fairbank's trombone and guest RaMi Seo on gayageum (Korean zither.) Hoping for Hope has a full big band sound and is based on rhythm pattern from Korean Samulnori music. Here, the splendid rhythm section of bassist Linda Oh and drummer Bryson Kern are joined by percussionist Yosun Yoo on several traditional percussion instruments. The multi-sectioned piece rises and falls atop the rhythm, the back-and-forth of the reeds and brass and the excellent solo work of Oh, pianist Francesca Han and guitarist Sebastian Noelle (a long-time member of Argue's Secret Society as are reed player Erica von Kleist and trombonist Jennifer Wharton.) The title track is a 4-part, 26-minute, suite that is a tone poem dedicated to the intersection of New York City's Little Italy: and the Chinatown district. Entrance and Funeral March opens the suite with a dirge (though the use of flute and clarinet lightens the mood a bit) before a brass band moves in (here, as in other sections of the suite, one hears the influence of both Charles Ives and Bob Brookmeyer). Part 2, Scaring Evil Spirits Away with Joyful Sounds, blends Ho's majestic baritone with a chorus of 4 soprano saxophones at the onset before the band comes roaring in. The piece slows a bit for a soaring alto sax solo from von Kleist leading to a rousing climax with the saxophones and brass firing away (take that, evil spirits!) Ho leads the band in again on Part 3, Releasing Grief, a piece that uses Buddhist and Christian hymns played simultaneously (again, the Ives influence). Later in the song, Ho steps out for a fiery solo before the brass plays a funeral march beneath Noelle's aggressive guitar solo. Part 4, The Send-off, is a wonderful collage of clashing yet sympathetic melodies and rhythms that serves to lay the piece to rest and put a wide smile on the face of the listener. When I first encountered Mulberry Street, I was knocked out by its bold combinations of traditional sounds and contemporary jazz but it is so much more than that.The section writing is clean, clear and inventive, harmonies abound, the soloists first-rate, and the vision of the composer is fully realized. At a time when there are myriad large ensemble recordings, Jeff Fairbanks' Project Hansori is one of the most impressive and satisfying. --Richard B. Kamins, Step Tempest

The compositions on trombonist Jeff Fairbanks album Mulberry Street which mix his 17-piece Project Hansori jazz orchestra with five traditional Asian instrumentalists sound very fresh. Hansori is Korean for one sound, and Fairbanks ensemble does bring distinct parts together in an original way. The album s title piece, Mulberry Street, is a four-part suite for big band plus Asian percussion, depicting what Fairbanks describes as experiences playing in a Western brass band at Buddhist Chinese funerals in the heart of Manhattan s Chinatown. On Mulberry Street, Part II, the trombonist explains, Four soprano saxes mimic Chinese bright oboe-like instruments called suona... This folk-style melody accompanied by the small gong could be a scene straight out of rural China centuries ago. In the song Han Oh Baek Nyeon/ 500 Years derived from a very old and popular Korean folk song Fairbanks casts his muted trombone, so that it s imitating a Korean oboe-like instrument called the piri amid a quartet of gayageum, Korean zithers. Though it s unfathomable how a trombone, even muted, imitates an oboe, it works! --Emilie Pons, CityArts

JEFF FAIRBANKS' PROJECT HANSORI/Mulberry Street: This is one of those records that you're so much better off listening to before you read all the program notes and hype. Funded by several arts council grants and fusing a bunch of musics that shouldn't be residing next to each other---none of that comes across on the disc. What you hear is a solid, contemporary big band date that sounds like it's played from the heart by a leader and crew that care. First class sitting down jazz all the way, listen first, read second. This is simply a dazzler throughout. --Chris Spector, Midwest Record

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Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records is proud to present Mulberry Street from trombonist/composer Jeff Fairbanks' Project Hansori. This debut album won an American Music Center Recording Grant, and features Fairbanks' distinct compositions for big band, augmented with traditional Asian instruments, in his innovative and groundbreaking concoction of Asian folk music and modern Jazz. Existing recordings of this nature (traditional Asian fused with jazz) are very rare, and nearly unprecedented for an ensemble of this size. Project Hansori features an uber-talented cast of 22 of some of the most in-demand and acclaimed jazz musicians today, including Linda Oh, Fred Ho, Remy LeBeouf, Erica von Kleist, and Sebastian Noelle, combined with traditional Asian instruments. Grammy-nominee Darcy James Argue produced the recording sessions. The album's centerpiece is the four-part suite, Mulberry Street (commissioned by the BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Composition Prize) which has its origins in Fairbanks multi-cultural experiences in Chinatown, NYC. Fairbanks explains in depth, I chose for inspiration a fascinating corner of New York that I have become very acquainted with through the past year or so. Mulberry Street in Manhattan connects Little Italy on the North with expanding Chinatown on the South. An old routine occurs daily on the Chinatown end of this bustling street. There are a row of Chinese-run funeral parlors, while conducting Buddhist ceremonies, maintain the Western brass band tradition established by their previous Italian operators. As a player in the brass band, being a direct participant and observer to the process, this unique blend of cultures caught my interest. The otherwise-unlikely cultural fusion is a great example of an only in New York experience. Sometimes both a Western band and a traditional Chinese band will perform in the same ceremony, though not in collaboration, and often playing different songs against each other. Though music in Western funerals mainly serves to comfort the bereaved, in Buddhist funerals it can serve to scare away evil spirits, and so ease the path of the deceased into the afterlife. I suppose funerals on Mulberry Street have a little of each purpose. Rather than to create a reenactment of one of these events, I chose to create a piece influenced by the very different sounds and themes heard there. My attempt was to write an abstract impression of the experience on my ears, simply titled Mulberry Street. Hansori means 'one sound' in Korean, and reflects Fairbanks' vision of combining various cultural elements into an orchestral jazz context. Beyond Fairbanks formal training in Jazz and Western classical music, he has amassed a great deal of experience being immersed in the music of cultures less familiar to him -- particularly Salsa, Gospel, and East Asian folk music. He has visited Korea and toured in Japan, seeking out the live indigenous music in each country, and was subsequently blown away. Also, playing in NYC Chinatown funerals for several years now has also greatly exposed the artist to Chinese music and culture. Fairbanks' music and life have been greatly influenced by each of these cultures and experiences, and each of them informs his voice as a composer, particularly the Asian traditional music.

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