In many ways, Yuhan Su represents the voice of the new generation of jazz musicians. Though she is firmly rooted in jazz tradition, her music is innovative, emotional, cerebral and most importantly, always lyrical
In many ways, Yuhan Su represents the voice of the new generation of jazz musicians. Though she is firmly rooted in jazz tradition, her music is innovative, emotional, cerebral and most importantly, always lyrical. Her compositions and improvisations are uniquely hers, marked with an amalgamation of complexity, intensity and emotional resonance. And though she is capable of blistering technique, she always maintaining a sense of melodic lyricism and wonder in her playing. One notable new voice on vibraphone is Taiwanese musician Yuhan Su. Su has made America her home since moving to Boston in 2008 to study at Berklee. Since then, she has worked the East Coast and joined saxophonist Greg Osby's label Inner Circle Music, and she leads her own trio and quintet formations. Su's debut release as leader, Flying Alone (Inner Circle Music, 2013), has come out to widespread approval. In the April edition of DownBeat, Brad Farberman wrote of Su's "intelligence, sensitivity and a haunting sense of tenderness." To add to that list is Su's distinctive compositional voice and her improvisational skills.
This delightful and intellectually satisfying record is the mature work of a young and singular composer and vibraphone virtuoso. It is also, hopefully, the foundation of a brilliant career that will rank with the likes of Walt Dickerson and Bobby Hutcherson. - HRAYR ATTARIAN, All About Jazz All are refreshingly subtle, consisting of long melodic lines rather than the tight snappy riffs produced by many writers who have been taught composition in college. Their freshness and lack of clichés makes them sound like the work of a more mature composer and promises much for the future from Su. - John Eyles, All About Jazz Su impresses as a composer and leader as much as a soloist on this highly impressive debut. Sophisticated yet accessible, rooted in the tradition and yet refreshingly contemporary, Flying Alone announces a bright new talent who has the potential to become one of the leading vibraphone voices in modern jazz. -- IAN PATTERSON, All About Jazz Each tune of Flying Alone, the debut album from Taiwanese vibraphonist Yuhan Su, has a distinct personality. Yuhan's compositions are tied together by intelligence, sensitivity and a haunting sense of tenderness. They're clearly cut from the same cloth. -- Brad Farberman, Downbeat Magazine Good vibes- Yuhan Su Interview on All About Jazz: