Album Remarks & Appraisals:
This debut album from the John Yao Quintet signals the definitive arrival of trombonist and composer, John Yao. Demonstrating a broad textural palette and drawing from an array of stylistic influences, Yao explores the concept of opposing forces. In the Now is a musical journey beyond conventional jazz form and structure, with the ensemble winding skillfully through a wide range of moods, colors, and textures.
Personnel: John Yao (trombone); Jon Irabagon (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Randy Ingram (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Will Clark (drums).
Audio Mixer: Ed Reed .
Recording information: Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY (08/30/2011/08/31/2011).
Director: Philip Blackburn.
Photographer: Bryan Murray.