Album Remarks & Appraisals:
With Burning Bridge, composer/violinist Jason Kao Hwang sets the boundaries of aesthetic sensibilities, cultural assumptions, and his personal history ablaze. Burning Bridge features members of his quartet EDGE (Taylor Ho Bynum, Andrew Drury, and Ken Filiano) with the addition of Joseph Daley, Sun Li, and Wang Guowei.
American Record Guide, March / April 2013
His intentions are admirable in their postmodernism. Fiery, Far Away accomplishes the blend of eastern and western sounds better with its pipa and erhu matching quite well with the bass and trumpet runs.
Personnel: Jason Kao Hwang (violin); Sun Li (pipa); Wang Guowei (erhu); Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet, flugelhorn); Steve Swell (trombone); Joseph Daley (tuba); Andrew Drury (drum set).
Audio Mixers: Ken Filiano; Jason Kao Hwang.
Liner Note Author: Jason Kao Hwang.
Recording information: Kaleidoscope Sound, Union City, NJ (02/16/2011-02/18/2011).
Director: Philip Blackburn.
Photographers: Scott Friedlander; Jason Kao Hwang.
My only beefs; ensemble unisons could have been tighter, and there are passages of untunedness—but probably the pipa and erhu are not that easy to tune against in an ensemble. But the skill, breathing, and assuredness of the writing far outweigh those minor complaints.
Submitted on 01/30/13 by Mike Maguire