Connie Han: Secrets of Inanna (Mack Avenue, 2022)

September 21, 2022 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Connie Han: Secrets of Inanna

Pianist Connie Han follows 2020’s impressive Iron Starlet with an album inspired by ancient Sumerian culture, specifically the goddess of love, beauty and war. Mostly consisting of compositions by Han and/or drummer Bill Wysaske, who produced the album, the release is conceptually inspired by ancient mythology, but doesn’t necessarily play like a typical concept album. Tracks like “Gilgamesh and the Celestial Bull” demonstrate Han’s stunning technical virtuosity, yet her music is more accessible than it may seem. She switches to Fender Rhodes for the playful, sparkling “Young Moon”, as well as parts of the first and last tracks. The less restricted hard bop tracks like “The Gallü Pursuit” are the most exciting ones, but Han never fails to impress.

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