7

Young-Ae Jung: The Man I Love

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Young-Ae Jung: The Man I Love
Korean, Berklee-educated singer Young-Ae Jung has a very specific vision for the jazz she wishes to make. The original pieces are of the same "grown-up" variety, as singer Louise Van Aarsen populated her fine recording Destiny (Self Produced, 2012). Jung's imagery has completely matured. The standards with which the singer peppers the originals on her début recording The Man I Love meld well in the overall repertoire provided.

Jung assembles her band with fellow Berklee graduates and faculty, a trumpet-fronted quartet that complements well the singer. Fully virtuosic but disciplined enough not to overpower the singer, the band lays out a spare and creative accompaniment for Jung in the same way Mercedes Nicole's format did for her on Beautiful Alignment (Self Produced, 2013). Such sensitivity in format and arrangements best showcases the vocalist and is admirably accomplished here.

The disc opens with a Jung original, "A Rainy Autumn Day In Boston." Jung's solidly alto voice passed through her Korean heritage is reminiscent of that of Edith Piaf, giving the piece that "street" sound Piaf popularized. Charlie Chaplin's "Eternally" is a welcome sound, not nearly as oft recorded as "Smile." Jung takes full advantage of Chaplin's sepia images buoyed in a lilting waltz time. Pianist Douglass Johnson plays with clarity and intent, having a special affinity for melody.

Of special interest on the recording is the Korean pop song, "You, So Far Away," presented in both English and Korean. The song won great popularity in the 1970's and serves as perfect ballad material here. A vocal exercise assignment from Berklee, "YAJ's Bop" is a knockout, capturing Jung's grasp of phrasing and time. This is a talent that will bloom beautifully.

Track Listing

A Rainy Autumn Day In Boston; Eternally; You, So Far Away (English); A Day In The Life Of A Fool; I’m A Fool To Want You; YAJ’s Bop; My Funny Valentine; They Can’t Take That Away From Me; The Man I Love; You, So Far Away (Korean).

Personnel

Young-Ae Jung: vocals; Douglass Johnson: piano; Greg Feingold: double bass; John Wood: drums; Takeshi Obayashi: trumpet.

Album information

Title: The Man I Love | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Self Produced

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Genealogy
CODE Quartet
First Mile
Lamb Anderson Sorgen
What are the Odds?
Dennis Winge
Untucked In Hannover
Tom Rainey Obbligato
Aliens & Wizards
The Spike Wilner Trio
Manhattan Samba
Hendrik Meurkens
Almost Alone Vol 1
Samo Salamon & Friends

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.