Hard-hitting, aggressive, and experimental jazz contrasted by ballads that exude passion and tenderness, complexity and understanding. Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz.
Presence (See Tao Recordings), the second album released by the John Yao Quintet, is no less a mastery of these dichotomies than were Yao’s previous albums, In the Now (Innova, 2012), the Quintet’s first release, and Flip-Flop (See Tao Recordings, 2015), the big band debut from John Yao and His 17-piece Instrument. One Jazzman; two distinct callings. Featuring eight original compositions, Presence showcases Yao’s growth and strength as a performer and composer. The album is a journey through various musical styles, ranging from hard-hitting, funk tunes to lyrical, passionate ballads; and from straight-ahead, swinging post-bop to experimental, free jazz. However, the division of musical styles and moods has a singular purpose: These songs were written following the sudden passing of Yao’s closest friend and were a means of coping with this loss.
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Separately, his small ensemble, John Yao Quintet, released its début recording In the Now in April 2012 on Innova Recordings. He received his Bachelors of Music, Jazz Studies from Indiana University and his Masters of Jazz ion from Queens College. He has performed with the Paquito D'Rivera, Eddie Palmieri, Danilo Perez, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra .
Trombonist John Yao’s second album with his quintet is a tight, swinging straight-ahead effort that could have been released on Posi-Tone or Criss Cross. The band is solid: Jon Irabagon on soprano sax, Randy Ingram on piano and occasional organ, Peter Brendler on bass, and Shawn Baltazor on drums.
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- Bass – Peter Brendler
- Drums – Shawn Baltazor
- Piano, Electric Piano – Randy Ingram
- Sopranino Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Jon Irabagon
- Trombone – John Yao