Connie Han Pre-Order Available and Latest Track “For The OG”
Pianist/Composer Connie Han
Releases New Song “For The OG” –
A Tribute To The Incomparable McCoy Tyner
Iron Starlet Available for Pre-Order Now,
Available June 12 via Mack Avenue Records
Features Dark-Tinged, Edgy & Elegantly Swinging Compositions
“…the music is vintage Blue Note bopping grooves.” – Jazz Weekly
“On ‘Iron Starlet’, she’s firmly established herself as a talent to watch – and listen to – closely so as not to miss one moment of her already remarkable evolution.” – DownBeat
“With an exhilarating control of her skills and vision and an intimate
clairvoyance into all that has come before her…” – All About Jazz
“…one of the brightest young stars in jazz.” – Jazziz
“…her style, technique and presentation are seasoned and powerful.” – Musical Memoirs
With the release of her 2018 Mack Avenue Music Group debut, Crime Zone, pianist/keyboardist Connie Han seized the attention of the jazz world and firmly established herself as a fast-rising star on the scene. That stratospheric ascent continues on her captivating follow-up, Iron Starlet, due out June 12, 2020.
As the title makes vividly clear, Han’s career may be in the early stages of what promises to be a vertiginous climb, but the 23-year old is no wide-eyed aspirant, timidly searching for her place in the crowded jazz landscape. One listen to Iron Starlet is ample evidence that she’s every bit an armor-clad talent as the name implies. The toughness at the core of Iron Starlet is rooted in its rhythmic drive, anchored by the trio of Han, bassist Ivan Taylor and drummer/producer Bill Wysaske. They’re joined by the stellar frontline of saxophonist Walter Smith III (returning from Crime Zone) and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt.
Her powerful vision takes in the full evolution of her fore-bearers, from iconic innovators and Hank Jones through the Young Lion revolution spearheaded by the Marsalis Brothers, Kenny Kirkland and Jeff “Tain” Watts, among others. At the top of the list of musicians who inspired Han’s creative journey – is always the incomparable McCoy Tyner.
“McCoy Tyner’s passing marked one of the saddest days of my musical life. I feel ill-equipped to pay a proper verbal tribute to my greatest influence and an unparalleled jazz piano giant. Though known for his pioneering take-no-prisoners approach at the piano, McCoy was supremely musical above all — equally versed in elegant lyricism and hard-driving, innovative rhythm. This has been a heavy wake-up call for me. He was one of the last living legends from the post-bop jazz mythos that has shaped my character and soul.” — Connie Han
Original composition “For The OG” was written as a tribute to the musical giant whose art has shaped a large part of Connie’s musical abilities as well as personality. The pianist’s incisive attack instantly conjures the image of Tyner. His work with the John Coltrane quartet and his album “The Real McCoy,” are two of Han’s greatest inspirations. The blueprint of his extraordinary jazz legacy continues to motivate many today.
Connie Han · Iron Starlet
Mack Avenue Records · Release Date: June 12, 2020
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