爵士台灣映象 Impressions of Taiwan
Images & Stories 

Fish Market In Bu-Dai Port
(Kai-ya Chang)
We didn't know each other until we met in Taipei, but then we found out in the middle point or our hometowns, there is a small fish village called Bu-Dai. Going to the fish market to view the fish-men hardworking became our common memory of our childhoods.
Sugarcane Factory
 (Kai-ya Chang)
In the southern plain of Taiwan, sugarcane fields were everywhere, for the convenience of transportation, slow speed trains were used to carry sugarcane and employees into factories, the little train were moving slowly, passed the level crossing, and alerted with "Dang-Dang-Dang-Dang....." 
Green Tunnel
(Chi-pin Hsieh)
Driving through the green tunnel in early morning is very comfortable, where you not only feel the wind, but also smell the grass flavor. We tried to draw the picture by combing Irish fiddle style playing with standard "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise" chord changes.

Circle In Circle
(Kai-ya Chang)
Red bean cake is one kind of typical Taiwanese snacks, when you see its baking way, you gonna understand why it was called "Circle In Circle", delicious and smoking...I love it!

Bus 230
(Kai-ya Chang)
Bus 230 is the line that going to Yangmingshan in Taipei, where you can enjoy the hot spring, a lot of old couples went up there regularly, after taking a bath, street vendors group into a fare, people buy vegetable and food there, the scene is very lively. 

Fireworks Festival
(Kai-ya Chang)
In the lunar calendar 15th of January, there is a traditional fireworks festival in Kai-ya's mother's hometown, people celebrate the Chinese New Year by preparing and firing fireworks as much as they can, the more fireworks fired, the more people came into the crowd to enjoy together, which means the coming year will full of hopes. 
Ants' Tango
(Kai-ya Chang)
A funny, cartoon-like piece that dedicates to ants, watch they walk in line and search hurriedly, you can't help but blowing on them, ants will jump like dancing tango, then return to their line soon, it's quite cute.

City Shark
(Chi-pin Hsieh)
The tow truck painted in red is the most scary vehicle in Taipei city, if the city is sea, then tow trucks are like sharks, they always appear silently, then catch up smaller vehicles rapidly! If you see them patrolling, try to imagine what they see in the city, and.....escape away!
Sky Corridor
(Chi-pin Hsieh)
When I went abroad years ago, there was no metro (Rapid Transit) system in Taipei City, now there are a lot of metro stations standing there, the skyline is new to me, and makes me recall the 3-D chasing scenes in various sci-fi movies.
Japanese Style House
(Kai-ya Chang)
Taiwan used to be the colony of Japan for 50 years, so our grand parents were all educated in Japanese, even the customs, and the house they lived, if they were government officers or school teachers, normally they would live in a big Japanese style house, that's our vivid childhood memory as well. Now, our grand parents passed away gradually, Japanese style houses are rarer and rarer to see also......
Gua Hee
(Kai-ya Chang)
"Gua Hee" is the pronunciation in Taiwanese dialect of traditional drama, the theater were normally held in front of temples, when there are ceremonies and festivals, traditional rhythms and tunes were heard all day long, people came to watch the drama and chat after dinner.

My One And Only Love
(R. Mellin/G. Wood)
It's a real jam during the recording session, we just picked up the jazz tune we like to play, and imagine the montages of the movies which put this beautiful song in.


Ferrying In Peach Blossom
(Re-arrangement of a Taiwanese Traditional)
Our version of a Taiwanese folk-song, originally it sounded like a happy march, we changed it into a much modern style.


A Farmer's Worksong
(Re-arrangement of a Taiwanese Traditional)
By rearranging this famous Taiwanese folk-song, we would like to salute to the people who stand up again after the big earthquake on 21st September 1999.


Henderson Company
(Chi-pin Hsieh)
A piece that dedicates to my jazz hero - Saxophonist Joe Henderson, he is influential to me, I utilized the quotations from his solos on "Inner Urge" and "Gazelle", put them together for the theme.