Youn Sun Nah
Youn Sun Nah is a haunting South Korean vocalist who has spent 20 years delving into the mysteries surrounding swing. Her regular work with Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenus (who was Oscar Peterson’s right hand man for a long time) still leaves fans spellbound. The Seoul diva intelligently stays away from pure jazz and fantasies that awaken the blue note, glamorous side and classics. The first track on the award-winning Same Girl (2011 Best Vocal Jazz Album from the Académie du Jazz in France) may have been My Favorite Things but the Hammerstein & Rodgers classic was tackled with a dreamy monologue and thumb piano. Youn Sun Nah often explores a variety of timbres and ranges: from sharp onomatopoeia to union with an instrument and explosions to crisp pianissimos.
Youn Sun Nah (vcl), Jamie Saft (p/org/Rhodes), Brad Jones (cb), Clifton Hyde (g), Dan Rieser (dms)