...a unique blend of strong melodies, rich harmonies, and a beautiful balance of accessible and unpredictable...I truly enjoy hearing her play.
From Seoul, Korea, New York-based jazz pianist and composer Bongwool Lee was exposed to music from an early age and was quickly considered a musical prodigy, winning Korea's acclaimed Samik Competition at 7. Her focus later shifted from Classical to the world of Jazz upon hearing Oscar Peterson on the radio. Earning her Master's at the Manhattan School of Music in 2012, Bongwool has since found herself at the forefront of NYC's Jazz scene. Her debut recording's title, "My Singing Fingers," represents Lee's releasing of her lifetime study of advanced music theory, allowing the melodies and harmonies to flow directly from her head and heart through her fingers. With her newfound musical friends - bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Kendrick Scott - Bongwool offers nine very personal compositions in a rich sonic package that heralds a bright musical future.
1 My Singing Fingers 4:12
2 Sungshin Piano 6:20
3 How's Up There? 7:06
4 Bye Bye Blackbird 5:16
5 Repeating Nightmares 3:14
6 After the Black Dog 4:34
7 Feminite Du Bois 4:35
8 Why Not 5:33
9 Burning Incense 2:54
Bongwool Lee - piano
Luques Curtis - bass
Kendrick Scott - drums
Taylor Eigsti - Fender Rhodes (8)
Produced by Bongwool Lee
Associate Producer : Taylor Eigsti
Recorded by Tom Tedesco at Tedesco Studio, Paramus, NJ
Aug 26 2016
Mixed by Chris Allen, NYC
Mastered by Nate Wood at Kerseboom Mastering, NYC
Cover photograph by Arnaldo Vargas
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
The music of pianist Bongwool Lee has a hopeful feeling. The Korean-born and now New York-based artist drew her first jazz inspiration - after classical studies in her homeland - from the work of Oscar Peterson, who sent much musical time walking on the sunny side of the street. But where Peterson rolled mostly in the jazz standards/Great American ...