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Jen Shyu + Mark Dresser: Synastry

There have been vocal-and-bass albums, but none have sounded like this. Jen Shyu has been heard most prominently as a member of Steve Coleman and Five Elements, where her voice is integrated into the music with the horns. In that setting and this one, Shyu truly uses her voice like an instrumentalist, without ever resorting to vocal gymnastics that could turn the performance into abrasive theatrics or novelty. Mark Dresser’s bass has of course anchored work by Anthony Braxton, Tim Berne and many performances as a leader or co-leader.

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