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Kevin Sun

<3 Bird

Review by Gary Hill

This album is essentially a love letter to Charlie Parker's music. I have landed this under progressive rock because we always put fusion under prog. That said, this does lean toward the more straight jazz end of that equation. Still, I think there is enough fusion here to qualify it. However you categorize it, though, this is classy music.

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Track by Track Review

Horn and percussion drive the opening section of this. Other instruments join after a time, and the whole piece grooves and moves forward with cool jazz stylings.

Adroitness, Part I
This short introductory piece is a mellow groove.
Adroitness, Part II
Continuing the musical concepts of the last track, this is a more powered up and involved version.
I dig the cool groove of this track. It's tasty stuff.
The killer guitar work on this fast paced number really brings the fusion home to roost. This is styhlish and fun. The whole tune just oozes cool and style.
There is a dreamy kind of vibe to the first part of this piece. It is playful, soaring and entertaining.  The piano on the later portions is dramatic. As it continues to evolve, the song takes on an almost King Crimson turned fusion feel to it. This is a powerful number that is full on fusion.
Bouncy, dramatic and intriguing, I like the sort of stuttering rhythm to this piece a lot.
Du Yi’s Choir
There is a great classic jazz feel to this. The guitar and some of the changes bring a dramatic fusion edge to the piece.
Big Foot
More of a traditional jazz piece, this has some great melodies and grooves. I love the circling ascending pattern at the end of the song.
This is a powerhouse tune that really works exceptionally well. The drums bring a bit of a martial angle to the piece. I really dig the bass work on this number.
Schaaple (Intro)
This is less than a minute long and purely horn-driven.
Schaaple from the Appel
There is some particularly cool bass work on this track. The tune has a great groove and vibe to it.
Salt Peanuts
This classy jazz groove is a lot of fun. There are some vocals to it, namely the title. The bass gets a cool grooving solo. This gets into some high energy territory and really entertains.
Arc’s Peel

This is a short little interlude. It's rather playful.

Talck-overseed-nete (Klact-oveereds-tene)

The guitar sound brings some fusion. The song has a classy jazz vibe and really works well.

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