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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Yeahwon Shin: Lua Ya

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Korean-born now New York-resident singer Yeahwon Shin leaves the largely Brazilian-informed repertoire of her 2010 ArtistShare debut, Yeahwon, behind for a most worthy return to her roots with Lua Ya, her ECM debut that, released late in the summer of 2013, is still worthy of a look as the new year begins. Featuring, on a few tracks, accordionist Rob Curto, Lua Ya is largely a duo recording with pianist Aaron Parks, whose own ECM leader debut, Arborescence, has already made ...

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Yeahwon Shin: Yeahwon

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On her debut recording, New York-based Korean singer Yeahwon Shin takes on a demanding set of tunes, mostly based on compositions by Brazilian songwriters Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dorival Caymmi, Egberto Gismonti, Milton Nascimento and Ary Barroso. She opens with “Chovendo Na Roseira" (known in English as “Double Rainbow"), singing in Portuguese with an original arrangement loosely based on the Jobim/Elis Regina version that appeared on Elis & Tom (1974, Verve). She follows that with Nascimento's “Travessia," singing in almost whispered ...