Hanjin “Raw Jazz”
Here's one of those rare multi-disciplinary musicians who is at that stage in his career where you know he's brilliant but you can't quite put a finger on what he's exactly about just yet. Arguably, the best Jazz singer in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, he sings straight from the heart but if you listen closely, there lies some immaculate technique and maturity under all that unchecked emotion. He's dabbled in a myriad of genres from rock to chinese pop music and now he's put out a back-to-basics jazz album. You just can't help but wonder what he's gonna do next.
Hanjin is a “Jack of all trades”, and there are only a few in Asia. He is an award-winning record producer and songwriter, a trend-setting arranger and mixer, as well as an acclaimed singer. An absolute show-stealer.
Born and educated in Singapore, Hanjin debuted as a songwriter on Hong Kong artist Jacky Cheung ‘s “No Regrets” in 1998, and has made more than 400 songs since. He is popular for his work in creating edgy songs and developing album concepts for Chinese records in the region of South East Asia and China. In 2004, he formed a music production team known as The Invisible Men with a small group of devoted producers and arrangers including Alex Fung, Kenneth Tse, and Tim Ngoh. In 2007, he produced a song for international sensation Christina Aguilera and Korean pop idol, Rain, for a Pepsi Campaign.
Hanjin currently serves as an ambassador for Diesel:U:Music founded by renowned fashion brand Diesel.
In “Raw Jazz”, Hanjin sings eleven Jazz standards in the album with a three piece band, Jason Cheng (piano), Paul Candelaria (bass) and Skip Moy (guitar). All songs were recorded in one take, in the form of live recording sessions.
1. Sweet Lorraine (4:06)
2. Wave (3:04)
3. Honeysuckle Rose (3:36)
4. Cheek to Cheek (3:08)
5. That Old Black Magic (3:29)
6. Moody’s Mood For Love (3:55)
7. Skylark (7:24)
8. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (4:52)
9. A Foggy Day (5:40)
10. The Nearness Of You (7:03)
11. Spain (6:46)
“Standout tracks include a jive-worthy version of "Honeysuckle Rose" and "That Old Black Magic," in which Candelaria's bass grounds Tan's larger-than-life channeling of the already larger-than-life Sammy Davis Jr. Exuberant and unexpected, this album reveals a little-known side to a town that clearly knows how to swing,” reviewed by TIME MAGAZINE (April 6, 2009 Issue).
“Hanjin is a technically accomplished vocalist. He has been compared to Michael Buble, but these small group recordings are far removed from the Canadian singer's big-band performances, and his phrasing in the upper area of his register is closer to Aaron Neville's,” reviewed by Robin Lynam on South China Morning Post (March 15, 2009).
“Raw Jazz” is currently available on itunes, amazon.com
and is out in stores in Hong Kong and Singapore.
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