Choi and Sacks are not the typical duo, declared AllAboutJazz-New York's Andrey Henkin after a recent live performance at Manhattan's intimate 5C Café. Choi effortlessly mixes traditional jazz vocals with a sultrier approach or the gymnastics of the avant garde. Sacks never plays the straight man, abstracting the melodies enough to keep each turn interesting. Contrary to normal course, Choi relies on Sacks' percolations as much as Sacks follows Choi's lead.
Critics have also noted she's an assured, maverick musical spirit whose risk- taking pays off (Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen) and his playing is pruned of cliché, dedicated instead to finding the right cluster or dissonance to allow the music to resonate (David Dupont, Cadence).
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...they take consistently personal, at times revisionist and occasionally
radical, approaches to each
track. Choi has a wonderful and at times startling voice, mixing grunts, yips
and other extreme effects
with more conventional and, indeed, beautiful singing. I like and even admire
this CD a lot, for its
adventurous spirit and fearless integrity.
--Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
Choi and Sacks work so well together in their own charming, but somewhat
weird, way that they turn this tribute to composer Joe
Raposo into much more than a celebration of his music...these
songs, many of which suckled the children of the ‘70s, are explored in ways