Award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Zac Zinger makes his debut with twelve original tracks combining jazz fusion and Japanese traditional music. He does so by introducing the shakuhachi, a primitive five-holed Japanese bamboo flute, to the jazz fusion quartet. A collection of his best compositions for small jazz ensemble over 10 years, each piece is through-composed with meticulous detail, and together display Zinger’s decade-long evolution as a jazz musician gathering influence from his immersion in American and Japanese cultures.
Zinger is joined by some of New York’s best progressive jazz musicians in his rhythm section, with Sharik Hasan on piano, Adam Neely on electric bass, and Luke Markham on drum set. Pianist Kana Dehara is a featured special guest on three of the tracks, including the neo-classical shakuhachi/piano duet, “An American in Tokyo.” And for his tribute to the people and culture of Taiwan, Zinger enlisted the services of Taiwanese musicians Min-Chin Kuo on guzheng (traditional Chinese zither), Chia-kun Chen on erhu (traditional Chinese violin), and renowned vocalist Yu-Wei Hsieh.
released October 3, 2019
All compositions written, arranged, and produced by Zac Zinger
Zac Zinger: Shakuhachi (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11), Alto Sax (2, 4, 8, 10, 11), EWI (6), Dizi (12)
Sharik Hasan: Piano (1-4, 6-8, 10, 12)
Adam Neely: Electric Bass
Luke Markham: Drum Set
Kana Dehara: Piano (5, 9), Fender Rhodes (11)
Min-Chin Kuo (郭岷勤): Guzheng (12)
Yu-Wei Hsieh (謝宇威): Vocals (12)
Chia-kun Chen (陳家崑): Erhu (12)
Zac Zinger: Mixing Engineer
Satoshi Mark Noguchi: Mastering Engineer
Tracks 1-8, 10-12 recorded at Studio 42 in Brooklyn, NY, USA.
Track 9 recorded at Samurai Hotel Recording Studio in Queens, NY, USA.
Guzheng, Vocals, and Erhu recorded at Pixelfly Sound Co. in Taipei, Taiwan.
Album photography by Marques Walls
Tomoko Akaboshi, Mark and Paula Zinger, Ralph Samuelson, The Asian Cultural Council, The ASCAP Foundation, Bruce Huebner, Eric Defade, Chris Burgh, Corynne Hyre, Akihito Obama, Zenyoji Keisuke, Kinya Sogawa, and the people of Taiwan.
Have become aware of this album thanks to YT channel of Adam Neely’s. I wish they issue an album with both the EPs included and mixed with some fresh material. I’d be happy to order their music on a physical medium. DenisM
This is music with so much thought, feeling and consideration behind it, so as to defy encapsulation in a brief review. I listen to this album with a sense of meditative gratitude. My favorite part of the album is how Overcomer settles into the mood of Songs She Never Heard. ngballard
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