by Yasmin Levy


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After the unqualified success of 2007's Mano Suave, expectations were high for this release. It certainly promised a great deal, including a duet with her long dead father on "Una Pastora," an old Ladino song. Unfortunately, it fails to reach the exquisite heights of its predecessor. On the over-arranged openers, "Mi Corason" and "El Amore Cantigo," Levy comes across not so much as impassioned but mannered, the music more chanson than Ladino, and a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" seems pointless. The song has been overdone and Levy brings nothing new to it, instead turning in a bland, unenthusiastic version. Things do pick up toward the end with "Una Pastora," which is spare and moving; and "Jaco" and "La Hija de Juan Simon" are as lovely as anything she's recorded, real additions to the Ladino canon. Another duet follows, this time with Greek singer Eleni Vitali. It veers headlong into Andalusian music, a style Levy knows intimately and which suits her majestic voice. Overall, however, this is an album that could -- and should -- have been so much more.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2011
Label: Four Quarters Ent
UPC: 0822545182122
catalogNumber: 1821

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yasmin Levy   Primary Artist
Javier Limón   Flamenco Guitar
Ishay Amir   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Amir Shahsar   Clarinet,Ney
Ivan "Melon" Lewis   Piano,Guest Appearance
Dany Noel   Double Bass,Guest Appearance
Carlitos Sarduy   Trumpet
Charlie Mendes   Bass
José Vargas "El Buho"   Percussion
Sonny Pasos   Piano,Keyboards
Chaim Tsur   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Yehuda Levy   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Yuval Levy   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Yitzhak Levy   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Abdul Sharif   Bouzouki
Eleni Vitaly   Vocals
Dror Golan   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Newton Mann   translation
Traditional   Composer
Javier Limón   Composer,Producer
Ishay Amir   Executive Producer
Yasmin Levy   Composer
Salomé Limón   Engineer
Melisa Nanni   Engineer
Lina Dimopoulou   Composer
Eloise Notet   translation
Yuval Levy   Composer
Alberto Manzano   Spanish Adaptation
Max Lansberg   translation
Paul Burger   Executive Producer,Management
Tikva Sandman   translation

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