Youn Sun Nah – She Moves On (2017) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Youn Sun Nah – She Moves On (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:45 minutes | 1,00 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © ACT Music

Korean singer Youn Sun Nah is one of the most brilliantly successful artists of our time in jazz and the music related to it. Four years have passed since her last highly successful opus, “Lento”, and now the extremely popular Korean, Parisbased vocal star is back, with a new album. It is a completely fresh project, recorded with a top New York band. Great intimacy, poetry and charm, pure-toned and emotional honesty – you can expect all of that from Youn Sun Nah.

On a stunning gig in London last September, the South Korean singer Youn Sun Nah showed how seamlessly she could move between impressionistic high drama, abstract improv, or a folk artist’s candid simplicity. This New York set takes her closer to the mainstream with a band including keyboardist-producer Jamie Saft and the inventive Marc Ribot alongside her regular guitarist Ulf Wakenius. She delectably catches the dreamy poetry of Joni Mitchell’s The Dawntreader and the tenderness of Fools Rush In, shakes long notes with a flute-like delicacy on Black Is the Colour of My True Love’s Hair, lifts Jimi Hendrix’s Drifting to a free furore with the guitarists. But the shuffle-strumming Paul Simon title track doesn’t really take off despite the singer’s distantly Peyroux-like airiness, and the generic soul-ballad Too Late (written by Saft and his songwriter wife Vanessa) could use a little of her improv savagery to puncture its faintly humdrum yearnings. You couldn’t miss Youn Sun Nah’s musicality in any setting, but this is rather a tame one by her standards.

01 – Traveller
02 – Teach the Gifted Children
03 – Too Late
04 – She Moves On
05 – No Other Name
06 – The Dawntreader
07 – Drifting
08 – Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair
09 – A Sailor’s Life
10 – Fools Rush In
11 – Evening Star

Produced & Arranged by Jamie Saft.
Recorded by Vin Cin at Sear Sound, NY in December 2016.
Mixed by Vin Cin and Jamie Saft at Sear Sound, NY in January 2017.
Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk, NY in February 2017.

Youn Sun Nah – vocals, kalimba
Jamie Saft – piano, keyboards
Brad Jones – acoustic bass
Dan Rieser – drums
Marc Ribot – electric & acoustic guitars on “2,4,5,7,11”

Special Guests on “3”:
Maxim Moston – Violin, String Arrangement
Antoine Silverman – Violin
Hiroko Taguchi – Viola
Anja Wood – Violoncello



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