Mano Suave

Mano Suave

by Yasmin Levy


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Mano Suave

Yasmin Levy has proved herself to be the leading exponent of Ladino song (Ladino is the language of the Sephardic Jews whose roots are in Spain). However, her previous albums have never quite captured her potential. This time, though, she's hit the spot, finding both the intensity of performance and delicacy of arrangement that's been her hallmark. The style is a mix of influences that blend perfectly -- listen carefully and you can hear traces of flamenco nestled alongside Middle Eastern music, with influences from around the Mediterranean liberally scattered across the sound. Her voice is in glorious form, with a depth of purity that illustrates just how she's matured and fully grown into her ability. Her own band, now well bedded-in, is superb and sympathetic, but there are some surprising additions (Paraguayan harp, anyone?). Natacha Atlas weighs in for a duet on the title cut, which becomes a gentle contest between the two singers, both of whom work out of their skins on the track. This is a disc of real beauty, with plenty of heartbreak, and it demands intense listening. But the rewards are more than worth the time.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/31/2009
Label: Four Quarters Ent
UPC: 0822545181729
catalogNumber: 1817

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yasmin Levy   Primary Artist
Natacha Atlas   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Álvaro Garrido   Percussion
Mumin Sesler   Oud,Qanoun
Avshalom Caspi   Piano
Miles Danso   Double Bass
Amir Shahsar   Clarinet,Vocals,Zurna,Ney Flute,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Jerry Boys   Producer,Engineer
Lucy Duran   Arranger,Producer
Álvaro Garrido   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Ishay Amir   Arranger,Executive Producer
Avshalom Caspi   Arranger
Miles Danso   Arranger
Yasmin Levy   Arranger,Composer

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