Released in January 2014, “Anthem For A New Day” is the sixth studio album by Helen Sung and her first with a quintet.
Track Listing : 1.Brother Thelonious (Helen Sung) – 05:37 . 2.Armando’S Rhumba (Chick Corea) – 04:37 . 3.Hidden (Helen Sung) – 05:48 . 4.It Don’T Mean A Thing (If It Ain’T Got That Swing) (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 04:10 . 5.Hope Springs Eternally (Helen Sung) – 05:33 . 6.Anthem For A New Day (Helen Sung) – 05:43 . 7.Never Let Me Go (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston) – 07:18 . 8.Chaos Theory (Helen Sung) – 05:04 . 9.Epistrophy (Kenneth Clarke, Thelonious Monk) – 05:30 . 10.Equipoise (Stanley Cowell) – 02:16
Musicians : Helen Sung – Fender Rhodes, Foot Percussion, Hand Percussion, Piano . Seamus Blake – Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor) . Obed Calvaire – Drums, Foot Percussion, Hand Percussion . Regina Carter – Violin . Paquito D’Rivera – Clarinet . Ingrid Jensen – Trumpet . Reuben Rogers – Bass . Samuel Torres – Foot Percussion, Hand Percussion, Percussion
Production : Produced By Helen Sung . Jeremy Loucas – Mixing . Mike Marciano – Engineer . Paul Blakemore – Mastering
Package : Albert J. Roman – Art Direction . Helen Sung – Liner Notes . Kat Villacorta – Photography
Released In January 2014 By Concord.
Anthem for a New Day includes a unique reading of Monk’s “Epistrophy” that resulted from a tug-of-war between planning and spontaneity. “I’ve been working on ‘Epistrophy’ for a while and it actually started out as a totally different arrangement,” says Sung. “What a luxury to have musicians who can hang with my tendency to tinker,
Those are reasons enough to make Anthem an entry point to her catalog, but it’s also the multiplicity she invests in this album, whether it’s mainstream, modern or fusion jazz; acoustic piano or Fender Rhodes. They’re all tied together by the exuberance of her keyboard attack, done with grace, not overly done dramatics.
All About Jazz
Anthem for a New Day, Sung’s sixth album—her first on Concord Records—represents a full blossoming of Sung’s talents—as a pianist, band leader, arranger and writer.