Dabin Ryu is reviewed by NYC Jazz Record with “Wall”

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by Tom Greenland

Dabin Ryu - Wall CD Cover

Still in her 20s, Korean pianist Dabin Ryu has trained for two decades in classical and jazz. Wall symbolizes (she writes) the fear an artist must overcome to “fully express” herself. One listen to this impressive debut, which she composed, arranged and produced, leaves no doubt that she scaled that “wall”, fully expressing herself with animation and finesse in myriad styles and formats. On “Stillborn” we hear her pensive, intelligent soliloquy; on the title track (Pt. I) she duets with vocalist Anthony Marsden, comping in a contemporary classical vein; on “Taxi Driver” (with bassist Benjamin Young and drummer Willis Edmundson) she stretches out in a progressive R&B style; on the title track (Pt. II) and “Suspicion” her two-alto quartet (with Nathan See and Zoe Obadia) navigates quirky but catchy phrases with pinpoint accuracy; and on “The Light”, arranged for nonet, she evokes a big(ger) band sound through clever, spot-on arranging.

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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