“The Real Blue” is New York based jazz saxophonist Pureum Jin’s first studio recording, expected to be released in June 2019 by Cellar live Records. Pianist and executive producer Jeremy Manasia assembled an all-star lineup, including the great Willie Jones III on drums, and rising stars Luke Sellick on bass, and Sabeth Pérez on vocals.
“The Real Blue” is a sort of tone poem, 8 original compositions and 2 newly arranged standards, describing Pureum’s life in the US, living in NYC and Charlottesville, VA; a jazz musician starting a family in a new country. The title comes directly from the translation of her name in Korean; Pureum meaning blue, and Jin meaning real. – The album’s opening track, “Trembling Forward”, is an expression of Pureum’s experience of the hardships of being a woman and an immigrant. While sometimes may certainly be difficult, Pureum has realized that when she follows her heart things work themselves out, and even when trembling she’s able to face hurdles and move forward to the next challenges in life, embracing all that crosses her path. Several of her compositions were written, and inspired by events and beautiful nature of Charlottesville, VA, including “Seminole Trail”, “Fireflies”, “When Blue is Blue” and “The Song of Silence”.
Although this is her first solo album, Pureum has already built an international reputation. Before moving to the USA in 2015 to enter the masters program at the Manhattan School of Music, she had already made a name for herself as a first call jazz saxophonist in South Korea, making numerous appearances in major clubs as both leader and side“man”, being selected as the rising star of 2012 in the Korean publication “Jazz People”, and being a finalist at the 2012 Jarasum International Jazz Concour. Internationally, she has performed at Takatsuki Jazz Street in Japan, Edinburough Jazz Festival in Scotland, and was a featured artist in the first Jazz Korea festival in Germany in 2013. In the summer of 2018 she was invited to play with Spanish jazz maestro Ignasi Terraza at GREC Music Festival at Jamboree in Barcelona, which was recorded live and is expected to be released in 2019.
“The Real Blue” exhibits the fierce, impassioned force that Pureum Jin’s saxophone displays as a new voice in jazz, showing her talents as a soloist, composer and bandleader to be reckoned with. This album displays the hard-swinging hookup of drummer Willie Jones III and bassist Luke Sellick, and masterful accompaniment and solos by pianist Jeremy Manasia. It is an example of how far reaching the love of this true art form has reached, and how it has erased boundaries of country and gender: this is no longer only for American men but serves as a way to empower anyone’s voice to tell their story. Pureum’s story is one we’ll be following for some time to come.