From: Don Knox (donknox_at_pacbell.net)
Date: 2003-03-06 02:06:35
Re: [acid-jazz] Yukimi Nagano Invents New Singing StylExcellent idea Erik, although unfortunately I won't be seeing Roksopp this week (isn't it tomorrow night - Thurs?). I'll be looking for everyone's reviews. However, I really want to see Boozoo Bajou at 111 Minna Street on March 14th...anyone going?
And of all us Bay Area types must see Cinematic Orchestra in June...now, that should be the show of all shows! Has anyone ever seen/heard them live?
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From: Erik Gaderlund
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2003 9:04 PM
Subject: Re: [acid-jazz] Yukimi Nagano Invents New Singing Style - KOOP in SF
At 08:52 -0800 03/01/03, Don Knox wrote:
Based on the volume of commentary of Koop's performances around the globe, I didn't know what to expect last night. I'm happy to say I was impressed.
The band was incredibly tight as everyone said, but it was Yukimi that blew me away.
OK, so her stage presence was a bit under-developed or perhaps just unusual. When she sang the first song, I was immediately put off because I wanted it to sound like I remember...beautiful, fluid and smooth.
What happened was Yukimi sang like no one I've ever heard before. By the 2nd song, I was digging her style, albeit an affected style that is totally original.
Hmm, as another AJz'er at the show, I'd say I'm more with Don, than Mark. I found that Yukimi tended to wander enough that I couldn't always tell if she was a little off key, and then only if I concentrated.
I was supprised by how low her range was--used to 'Summer Sun' range, and I do think her diction was quite good, I could actually follow the lyrics.
Though I do agree with Mark that the drummer was not great, but, I found the vibe solos not much better, I guess he's no Bobby Hutcherson.
Overall I did enjoy it, but, then I had won a pair of tickets, and only had to pay the 'userey' charge for two tickets (I noticed that for the Ticketweb.com user sign-up you can pick 'Acid Jazz' as one of your 'interested in..' music categories.)
All in all, a pretty good night out for a little over $100 (I was paying for dinner and a show for friends.)
p.s. we all need to meet in the lounge for a pre-night toast, and I probably should have been more conspicuous by wearing my yellow Swedish National jersey. Up for Röyksopp this Friday??