Jason Kao Hwang. Voice. Two sequences of poems by a variety of poets, with music composed by violinist Hwang with some room for improvisation, each set with a different ensemble. “Lifelines” has mezzo Deanna Reyea, new to me, a fascinating voice and delivery, sort of improvised, sort of sprechtstimme. The band includes Ken Filiano on bass, Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet and flugelhorn, and Andrew Drury on drums. “Words of Our Own” features baritone Thomas Buckner, with Joe McPhee on tenor sax and pocket trumpet, William Parker on bass, Sang Won Park on kayagum and ajeng, and Hwang on viola. Innova 938.
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