"The future of jazz composition, arranging, improvisation, and performance is in good hands.
A recurrent event in the jazz community is the preparation of eager young new talent to build upon the innovations of past generations. Yet another young jazz musician, Eunmi Lee, has arrived with intricate shaded colors, advanced textures, and thoughtful musical approaches. Her good hands are creating captivating piano improvisations and, just as importantly, write multi-cultural works based in the jazz tradition. The ideas that Lee’s hands express originate in her mind—a fact readily made clear by the title of her first album, Introspection, for which she composed all the music..." [read more]
“...An exemplary debut by the talented Lee who seems destined for wider appreciation.” [read more]
"Eunmi Lee has presented densely crafted compositions from her debut album onward. She explores a diverse range of musical arrangements, experimenting with string sessions and a big band setting.
...Just as Lee described the color of her heart as the color of the sky in her song 'Azure,' one can only wonder how many more stories she will say, starting with this blue color debut album. It's a fortunate fact that this is just the first chapter in Eunmi Lee's storytelling journey." [read more]
“...Eunmi Lee has already developed a unique musical voice and a highly personal approach to music composition and improvisation. With the proper support of her talent, she is certain to develop into one of the greatest musicians of her generation.” [read more]
“...Eunmi Lee composes gorgeous music; music to contemplate on and to sweetly ingest, like slowly licking ice cream from a cone.” [read more]
“...Introspection is a fascinating debut from an artist whose sense of melodic and harmonic adventure knows no bounds. It’s an exciting foundation for a career that promises to be a fruitful, ever-evolving excursion into the future of contemporary jazz… A true musical citizen of the world and fast emerging, multi-faceted musical visionary.” [read more]
"...There is so much to admire about Introspection: the writing, the variation in group settings from quartet to full ensemble, the variety of musical styling, and, of course, the standard of playing... I have been very fortunate to review a number of very good debut albums this year and this sits comfortably among the best of them." [read more]
“A musical journey filled with captivating melodies and thought-provoking compositions…Eunmi Lee's "Introspection" is a stunning debut album that highlights her exceptional talent as a pianist and composer. The album is an engaging listen for jazz enthusiasts.” [read more]
“...Classical and jazz meet and bounce off each other with compositions that are perfectly written and arranged… a discreetly charming album that may very well loop on your CD player.” [read more]
“...All tunes here were penned by Lee. Moods shift and ensemble interplay is top-notch…. a dream sound that points to Lee's musical versatility. "Wavelength" puts on display—after showcasing chamber jazz and bigger band offerings—Lee's skill at small ensemble writing. Employing just piano, guitar, bass and drums, she crafts a spare, gorgeous ballad that explores the concept of human compassion.” [read more]
"Introspection is the outstanding debut recording from New York-based pianist and composer Eunmi Lee. The production is a special one, featuring completely original compositions from Lee that explore interesting combinations of musical moods and instrumentation while remaining thoroughly entertaining. In addition to Lee’s stellar touch on the keys, the effort includes great contributions from Vinicius […]" [read more]
"...This is a versatile album, consisting entirely of her original songs, with a strong rhythm team, a horn section, and strings. Saxophonist John Ellis gives a powerful accent to this work, and the graceful nature of the triple flame of strings in her songs also adds to the album's charm. The lyrical piano that can be heard in the quartet performance in 6-Wavelength is also excellent. If I had to be greedy, I'd like to hear her as a pianist a little more, but there's no doubt that it's a good piece of work." [read more]
“Music that takes you on a wonderful musical journey. Lee's refined and almost fragile piano playing is at its best, beautiful!“ [read more]