대한민국을 넘어 유럽 최고의 재즈보컬리스트로 우뚝 선 나윤선의 7집 신보! [Same Girl]
2008년 독일의 재즈 프리미엄 레이블인 ACT와의 계약과 함께 발매한 6집 [Voyage]을 통해 전 유럽의 모든 매체와 평론가들로부터 극찬을 받고 지금까지 Voyage 프로젝트로 19개국 50여 개 도시를 순회하며 월드투어의 대 장정에 올랐던 나윤선이 전작을 능가하는 새로운 정규앨범 7집 [Same Girl]을 가지고 우리에게 돌아온다.
이미 전작을 통하여 그녀만의 확고한 음악세계를 국내뿐 아니라, 월드투어를 통하여 인정받은 나윤선은 이번 신보에서 재즈라는 특정 장르에 구속되지 않고 그녀만의 유니크한 색깔로 11곡의 수록곡을 모두 다르게 해석하는 다양성의 극치를 보여주고 있다.
헤비메탈의 전설인 Metallica의 ‘Enter Sandman’에서 눈물겹도록 아름다운 샹송 ‘La Chanson d`Helene’ 과 우리민요 ‘강원도 아리랑 ‘그리고 그녀의 자작곡 ` Uncertain Weather`에 이르기까지 그 다채로움은 세계적인 명성을 떨치고 있는 음반 참여 아티스트들 (Ulf Wakenius, Lars Danielsson 등)의 뛰어난 연주와 맞물려 대중성과 예술성의 절묘한 조화를 완성했다 하여도 과언이 아니다.
오는 9월24일 전세계 30여 개국에서의 동시 발매를 앞두고 국내에서 가장 먼저 선보이게 되는 이번 신보는 2000년대 최고의 재즈음반으로 선정(월간지 Jazz People 필진 선정)된 전작 을 무색케하는 나윤선 음악의 결정판이며 음악애호가들의 필청 소장음반이 될 것이라 확신한다.
With her new album Same Girl Youn Sun Nah is still on a musical voyage, exploring and experimenting with different musical styles and genres. Again the song material is very diverse, but she is still the same girl the audience has come to know and love, surprising the listener with songs that have been interpreted in highly individual and distinctive ways, and which break free from the usual stylistic constraints. I didn t want to be confined to a particular repertoire but reflect all possible moments of my life, she explains. That s why I think the album is atmospherically much more diverse than Voyage and, in certain respects, it has more depth and reflects even more aspects of my personality.
With music-box backing, the Korean jazz singer lends Randy Newman’s love song to a junkie an icy purity of tone. –USA Today
AllMusic Review by Jeff Tamarkin
If one were to listen only to “My Favorite Things,” the Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein Great American Songbook standard that opens Same Girl, one might deduce that Korea’s Youn Sun Nah is just another cabaret singer with a pretty voice. The kalimba with which she is accompanying herself as she sings — the sole instrument heard — lends a sense of purity to the tune, and although the vocalist avoids the usual routes taken with the song, there’s no real reason to get excited. Yet. Then things get interesting, fast. As she works her way through material from sources as diverse as Randy Newman, Sergio Mendes, and Metallica — yes, Metallica; she does a mean “Enter Sandman” — in addition to two original compositions and a Korean standard, Nah establishes that, in fact, she is incontestably an original, a jazz singer of great range, complexity, emotion, and ideas. Precision timing and sharp diction mark Nah’s approach as she traverses the lyrics, but it’s not only her technical prowess that makes Same Girl (her second release as a leader on the ACT label, after having spent a decade with a French band) such a delight. For one thing, she is constantly full of surprises. On the Mendes tune, “Song of No Regrets,” Nah could have followed the rule book and sung the number as a samba. Instead, she turns it into a near a cappella minimalist dirge, Lars Danielsson’s cello bringing to the rendition an unexpected eeriness and majesty. Terry Cox’s “Moondog” is something else altogether, all jutting angles and piercing barbs, Ulf Wakenius’ guitar and Xavier Desandre-Navarre’s drums seemingly flailing willy-nilly behind Nah’s warbles, yet somehow making perfect sense in the context of the arrangement, even when Nah breaks the solemnity with a jarring kazoo solo, of all things. For a real taste of her ability to knock a listener out cold, though, Wakenius’ “Breakfast in Baghdad” is the place to go: to call Nah a scat singer is like calling John Coltrane a guy who fooled around a bit with the sax. Nah is a wildwoman let loose, treating each syllable as a new adventure in acrobatics, the musicians flying free and fancifully behind her captivating, seriously stunning ravings. Youn Sun Nah doesn’t simply interpret; any good jazz signer can do that. She gets to the root of a melody and a lyric, deconstructs it wholly, and then presents it in a way it’s never before been heard. Not many around who can do that anymore.
01 My Favorite Things
02 My Name Is Carnival
03 Breakfast In Baghdad
04 Uncertain Weather
05 Song Of No Regrets
06 Kangwondo Arirang
07 Enter Sandman
08 Same Girl
11 La Chanson D’Hélène
Disc 2 (Collector’s Edition Only)
01 Bitter Ballad
02 Avec le Temps
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