| "I suppose
there have been other people like JEN
SHYU: disciplined vocalists who speak and sing in multiple
languages, work with improvisation and composition and movement, feel
at home both with quick-change rhythmic patterns and meditative long
tones, use narrative poetry as a basis for songs, and use a
two-stringed Taiwanese moon lute in a New Yorkish and vanguardish jazz context.
I just can't think of any right now.
Instead of thinking about her categorically, you can focus on how beautifully and generously she uses sound. She's been a regular singer in Steve Coleman's amazing group Five Elements for eight years and has more recently worked on a solo project for vocals and poetic texts. But her group, JADE TONGUE--with saxophonist David Binney, the bassist Thomas Morgan and the drummer Dan Weiss, all among New York's best jazz musicians--is something special, and best understood in performance, when she directs their collective energy in real time."
--Ben Ratliff, NY Times, 5/29/11
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