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The Sustain of Memory

by Kevin Sun

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"...intense, harmonically virtuosic and compositionally complex" - DownBeat Magazine, ★★★★ 1/2

"...Sun swings for the fences with his sense of form and scale" - WBGO

"...maintains a start-to-finish focus of an expansive artistic vision." - All About Jazz, ★★★★ 1/2

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Kevin Sun - tenor saxophone, clarinet
Adam O’Farrill ("Rigors") - trumpet
Dana Saul ("Tensions," "Rigors") - piano
Walter Stinson ("Tensions," "Circle, Line") - bass
Simón Willson ("Rigors") - bass
Matt Honor ("Tensions," "Circle, Line") - drums
Dayeon Seok ("Rigors") - drums

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The Sustain of Memory, out November 8 on Endectomorph Music, is up-and-coming saxophonist Kevin Sun’s ambitious follow-up to his 2018 début release, Trio. Written over the course of a year, the three extended suites on this double album delve into the frontiers of jazz, new music, and modern improvised music, with the musicians improvising together through variously hallucinatory and stark musical forms.

Sun emerges as a composer and saxophonist of emotional gravity and formal sophistication here, and on display are his maturing conceptions of the trio, quartet, and quintet formats, which variously feature trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, pianist Dana Saul, bassists Simón Willson and Walter Stinson, and drummers Dayeon Seok and Matt Honor. Moving from the trancelike to the turbulent and everywhere in between, The Sustain of Memory does no less than to herald Sun’s singular perspective on modern jazz and improvised music.


released November 8, 2019

“The Rigors of Love” recorded by Aaron Nevezie at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, NY on February 17, 2019 - “Circle, Line” recorded by Chris Benham at Big Orange Sheep, Brooklyn, NY on May 17-18, 2019 - “The Middle of Tensions” recorded by Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio, Mount Vernon, NY on May 22, 2019 - Mixed by Juanma Trujillo - Mastered by Eivind Opsvik - Produced by Kevin Sun, Walter Stinson, Christian Li, and Juanma Trujillo - Photography by Daphne Xu - Design by Dana Khagabanova - Liner notes by Andrew Katzenstein - Total length: 114:12

Thanks to: Mom and dad, Orion, my grandparents, Diane, Colonel, and the spirit of Lucky Sun, for everything; Adam, Dana S., Walter, Simón, Matt, and Dayeon for musical and extra-musical camaraderie; Aaron, Chris, Ryan, Juanma, and Eivind for making the recording sound as it does; Daphne and Dana K. for making the album look as it does; Walter, Christian, and Juanma for in-studio guidance and moral support; Andrew, for your thoughtful words; Rio, Miguel, Vijay, Ethan, Mark, Felipe, and my many teachers and mentors for their honesty and inspiration; and you, for listening.


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Kevin Sun New York

Kevin Sun (b. 1991) is a saxophonist, improvisor, composer, and blogger. He has released two previous albums on Endectomorph Music ("Earprint" and "Great On Paper," both in 2016), and currently leads a trio with bassist Walter Stinson and drummer Matt Honor. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and Harvard College, his writing has appeared in Music & Literature and JazzEd magazine. ... more

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