Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...


Yagull: Yuna

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
The duo's third album is an unquestionable treat for the aural senses. Think of fragile lullabies, drifting melody lines, temperate undercurrents and a few tuneful up-tempo numbers, as these piano-guitar duets are organic and wistful, yet not overly sedate or monolithic akin to commercial New Age mall music.

Pieces like "Dawn" spark imagery of a faraway land via a simple melody, tinted with drifting qualities. Here, pianist Kana Kamitsubo renders elegant block chords, placing emphasis on the primary theme atop Sasha Markovic's gentle strumming, instilling a touch of folk into the jazz element. Moving forward, the duo adds a little more oomph, but conjures a sentimental portraiture throughout. The following track, "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" begins with a buoyant motif where the duo exercises restraint and quaintness to coincide with a lovely hook.

On "101" the musicians open it up, including Kamitsubo's eloquent solo and Markovic's steady comping. However, they reverse-engineer the main plot, highlighted by their fluid developments and the pianist's classical music paradigms and hammering chord clusters. The guitarist stretches out during "Mori (Forest Song)" as he integrates blues and folk into Kamitsubo's rolling chord voicings. And Markovic's resonating and spirited guitar work is also evident on "Kiri," and elsewhere.

This album contains therapeutic qualities amid lush phrasings, hummable themes and energized movements etched into a game-plan that intimates a heavy dose of emotive content, spanning similes of love, nature, sorrow and atonement. In addition, some of these largely memorable works seem to be legitimate contenders for cinematic scores, and perhaps rearranged and orchestrated for pop and rock genres.

Track Listing: Searching For The Moon; Dawn; Sabbath Bloody Sabbath; Muse; 101; Fall Winter; Riverwas; Mori (Forest Song); Yuna; Kiri; Searching For The Moon (Reprise).

Personnel: Sasha Markovic: guitar, mandolin; Kana Kamitsubo: piano; Special guest Ayumi Ueda - vocals (9).

Title: Yuna | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: MoonJune Records


comments powered by Disqus

Album Reviews
  • Yuna by Glenn Astarita
Read more articles


MoonJune Records



Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Absinthe Album Reviews
By Mark Sullivan
March 18, 2019
Read Chi Album Reviews
By John Ephland
March 18, 2019
Read The Time Is Now Album Reviews
The Time Is Now
By David A. Orthmann
March 18, 2019
Read Road To The Sun Album Reviews
Road To The Sun
By Dan McClenaghan
March 18, 2019
Read Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs Album Reviews
Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs
By John Sharpe
March 18, 2019
Read Hyperuranion Album Reviews
By Dan McClenaghan
March 17, 2019
Read Nuevo Valso Album Reviews
Nuevo Valso
By Friedrich Kunzmann
March 17, 2019