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Crime Zone

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Crime Zone
Crime Zone


With her debut Mack Avenue Records album 'Crime Zone', next generation Los Angeles pianist Connie Han has created an edgy blend of modern and traditional jazz.

It features Han's in-the-groove working trio, which includes drummer Bill Wysaske, who produced the album and has also become the musical director of her trio on drums and Edwin Livingston on bass. She's also enlisted the considerable talents of guest players tenor-saxophonist Walter Smith III and trumpeter Brian Swartz for the album.

One of the things that sets Han apart from most of her contemporaries is her skill on the always distinctive Fender Rhodes. As the title suggests, on the Han original "Grüvy," she playfully taps into that super tasty, laid back Rhodes flavour, one that recalls the playing of Bob James, but also nods again to Han's musical education. "It's an instrument that has always been a part of the consciousness of my piano heroes, like Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. I wouldn't say it has a pop vibe but it's definitely more mainstream," says Han.

On 'Crime Zone', Han has staked her claim as a fresh new voice on jazz piano, one whose sense of visual style might even draw audiences who normally wouldn't listen to straight-ahead jazz. "Even though jazz is meant to be fearless in its creative limits, I strongly believe in preserving the musical foundation," Han states. "As a new artist, I want to show that it is possible to create infinite fresh ideas without having to deconstruct the building blocks of the jazz language. To me, that language is universal."


  1. Name
  2. Another Kind Of Right
  3. Crime Zone
  4. By The Grace Of God
  5. Pretty Women
  6. Southern Rebellion
  7. Grüvy
  8. A Shade Of Jade
  9. Member This
  10. Is That So?
  11. Extended Stay
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