July 13, 2024


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CD review: Sean Hicke – Sunflower Sutra 2019: Video, CD cover

Ryan Dart Trio bassist Sean Hicke went solo in January 2019 with his album Sunflower Sutra, recorded with Chris Hobson and mixed and mastered at Rarefied Recording in North Park.

Guests on the album include Louis Valenzuela (guitar), Matt DiBiase (vibraphone), Julien Cantelm (drums), and Camellia Aftahi, a classical bassist and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Diversity Fellow.

“The instrumentation of my main quartet is a bit unusual, eschewing piano and saxophone in favor of vibraphone and guitar. This gives the band access to all sorts of colors that one usually doesn’t hear.”

Hicke told the Reader that he looks forward to trying on his new role as a frontman with a series of live performances in support of the album, even if the road is a high risk place to perform. “I was playing with the Ryan Dart Trio at Viejas Casino and, during the soundcheck, my amp made a loud pop and wouldn’t turn back on. There was plenty of time before downbeat, and at almost any other gig I would have had enough time to head home and grab something else, but unfortunately I was fifty minutes away and there was no way I’d make it back in time. A soundman saved the day by micing my bass with one of the vocal mics they were using, but it was a rough time…I’ve been making sure to bring my surge protector with me wherever I go ever since then.”

  1. Sage 07:09
  2. Woven 03:09
  3. Sunflower Sutra 06:13
  4. Growing Pains 04:27
  5. Mind’s Eye 03:59
  6. Today Was Better 05:25
  7. Pariah 04:20
  8. Youth 04:45

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