YooSun Nam
Light of the City

Light of the City (2014)

  1. Up and Down
  2. Light of the City
  3. Alice
  4. Bohemian Dance with Chagall
  5. Deeply Sad
  6. Myron’s Blues
  7. Bitter
  8. These Are Hard Times for Dreamers

Credits: Yoosun Nam (alto & soprano saxophones); Keisuke Matsuno (guitar); Kyumin Shim (piano); Carlos Derosa (bass); Jesse Simpson (drums); Chris Cheek (tenor saxophone, tracks 2, 3 & 6).

All compositions by Yoosun Nam.


Up and Down

by Yoosun Nam Quintet | Light of the City

Light of the City

by Yoosun Nam Quintet | Light of the City


As debut albums go, Light of the City is an engaging start and solid foundation for saxophonist Yoosun Nam. ★★★★
Edward Blanco  (Host, jazz radio program at WDNA 88.9 FM)

Both as a composer and a performer Nam already has a unique style and a voice of her own. This captivating and enjoyable work already foretells of her brilliant future career. ★★★½
– Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz

…much to admire in the tight arrangements, passionate collective playing and melodious contours that mark Nam’s recording debut as leader. ★★★
– Ian Patterson, All About Jazz

Korean saxophone sensation Yoosun Nam has assembled an A list quintet for a diverse sound that captures the spirit of New York while never venturing off the harmonic path of lyrical purpose. Nam’s sound is open, warm and with a sense of continuous forward motion the listener can go as far as their imagination allows.
– Brent Black, Bop and Jazz

For a debut recording, the result here is one that is clearly the product of a musician with quality time spent and an already-well-developed voice.
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Nam is no less a lead voice even with the seasoned tenor saxophonist Chris Cheek alongside her. She is a bundle of energy and confidence, and leads the group seamlessly throughout the album. ★★★½
– Kyu Yong Choi, Jazz People Korea

I found it a solid debut album by a young female musician, one who possesses not only skills but a sense of ownership and dignity in her voice. ★★★★
– Byung Sun Yoon, MM Jazz Korea