The Church of the Transfiguration
1 East 29th Street
New York, New York 10016

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Asian-American Jazz Collective Mute led by Bassist JEONG LIM YANG and
pianist CHRISTIAN LI, in association with saxophonist KEVIN SUN, and drummer

Asian-American Jazz Collective Mute Unveils Sophomore Album “After you’ve Gone” Album
release show at the Church of The Transfiguration
The awaited second offering from the esteemed Asian-American jazz ensemble, Mute, is on the
horizon with the impending release of their sophomore album, “After You’ve Gone.” This
much-anticipated collection not only reaffirms the band’s status as a prominent force within the
contemporary jazz scene but also serves as a testament to their exceptional musical versatility and
the seamless camaraderie that defines their collective sound.
Mute initially made waves in 2019 with their self-titled debut album, which garnered widespread
critical acclaim. This release not only solidified their presence in the ever-evolving landscape of
jazz, but also positioned them as a musical force to be reckoned with. The album was praised for
its groundbreaking approach, earning recognition from influential voices like Jackson
Sinnenberg of DownBeat, who awarded the record four stars and wrote that it “...makes the case
–-and provides a robust blueprint –- for a postmodern jazz.”
‘After You’ve Gone’ stands as a testament to the band’s growth, capturing the essence of Mute’s
tight-knit chemistry and showcasing a broad musical range. The album not only meets the
standard of their well-received debut but also propels them further into the realm of innovative
and boundary-pushing jazz. Mute’s sophomore release promises an immersive and captivating
auditory journey for both seasoned jazz enthusiasts and newcomers alike.
On the title cut, “After You’ve Gone, the enduring piece from the great American Songbook, the
ensemble delves into the song’s hidden qualities and craft a distinctive arrangement. Bassist
Jeong Lim Yang and pianist Christian Liadd abstract harmony with dark colors, while
saxophonist Kevin Sun and drummer Dayeon Seok interpret the melody and groove
straightforwardly, and the blending of these approaches creates an intriguing layered effect.

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