Jihee Heo

Are You Ready?

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"Jihee Heo has done for me that rare and beautiful thing I value and cherish most about incredible music, she has inspired me."
Kirk Whalum

Raised in South Korea, pianist-composer Jihee Heo studied in Amsterdam before receiving her Masters from the Manhattan School of Music in 2013. Now with a decade ensconced in New York's music scene, Jihee found inspiration for producing this album of alternately pastoral and grooving trio music through Robert Henry's classic treatise for artists, "Art Spirit." Reciting passages in the opening track, "Are You Ready?," the sense of offering a vision into her musical process and deep involvement with 'the moment' informs the 8 artfully melodic original compositions. Along with the wide-ranging talents of drummer Rodney Green, who also co-produces, and bassist Marty Kenney, rapper Saidu Ezike voices Jihee's ambivalence toward her New York experience on "Trust," followed by what could be considered a love note to the city on the instrumental "Oh, New York."


Track Listing:

1. Are You Ready? 3:28
2. Blurring the Blues 5:26
3. Dancing in the Sorrow 3:39
4. Dark and Light 4:31
5. Streams in the Desert 5:19
6. Trust 3:36
7. Oh, New York 5:17
8. Letter to a Little Girl 3:34

Performers:

Jihee Heo - Piano, voice (1)
Marty Kenney - Bass
Rodney Green - Drums
Saidu Ezike - Rapper (6)

Production Info:

Produced by Jihee Heo, Rodney Green
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Mike Marciano
at Samurai Hotel Recording Studio, Astoria, NY
Recorded March 3, 2020
Photos by Drew Reynolds
Cover Design & Layout by John Bishop










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