“Min Xiao-Fen’s ‘Mao, Monk and Me,’ a moving solo album — just seven tunes, not 70 — with outside-the-lines renditions of two Monk classics, ‘Ask Me Now’ and ‘Misterioso.’ Playing the pipa, a Chinese lute, she brought her own history to the pieces while seeming to savor crucial elements of Monk’s genius: his thorough, ringing engagement with his instrument’s strings; his percussiveness; his capering between zips and blasts and meaningful silence.” 

Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times

“…Monk’s music has become intertwined with her own on Min’s most personal release to date, ‘Mao, Monk and Me.’ The striking album reimagines Monk’s iconic melodies for the pipa, the Chinese lute of which Min is a long-recognized master and innovator, fusing those jazz classics with traditional Chinese folk songs and Min’s startlingly original sounds.”

Shaun Brady, Jazzizz

“Min Xiao-Fen is a masterful interpreter of Monk. Unburdened by instrumental lineage or cultural signifiers, she is free to treat Monk the same way Monet did his waterlilies…You’ve never heard Monk like this.” 

Andrey Henkin, The New York City Jazz Record

“New York has long served as cultural meeting ground and springboard for personalized musical expression. Even within this context, Ms. Min’s story is distinct. Since her arrival here in 1996, she has expanded her instrument’s possibilities as an element for contemporary composers and as a voice within the landscapes of jazz and free improvisation.”

Larry Blumenfeld, The Wall Street Journal

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