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Aimee Allen: Winters & Mays

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Vocalist/composer/arranger Aimée Allen exists as a whole, self-sustaining entity. Her round, sensuous alto has only smooth edges with a caress of warm linen. Her songwriting (and that which she does with brother David Allen) is top-notch, fully formed and in abundance on Winters & Mays. But it is her singing that is exceptional, particularly on the standards mash-up “Bye Bye Blackbird/It Could Happen to You." Accompanied only by guitarist Pete McCann and bassist Craig Akin, Allen begins in mid-swing, singing the first chorus to “Bye Bye Blackbird" like she means it and understands the ballad. Allen injects ...

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Aimee Allen: Dream

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Aimee Allen's debut album provides a generous helping of eleven tunes from the Great American Songbook. The artist, who possesses a bright voice with a good range, takes the opportunity to mix in some bossa nova, as well as the French lyric for “Autumn Leaves," including the rarely heard verse.

While still a student at Yale University, Allen took an active interest in performing with two a cappella groups which specialized in a jazz repetoire. After her graduation, she lived and performed regularly in Paris. The singer's interest in both French music and bossa nova led to the ...

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Aimee Allen: Dream

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Aimee Allen, a first-rate interpreter of familiar jazz tunes, gives an exotic texture to Dream, with the inclusion of a couple of Brazilian bossas--"Manha de Carneval/Black Orpheus" and Jobim's classic “Triste." With a crystalline delivery, great range and a fine command of nuance and inflection, Allen also covers “Les Feuilles Mortes/Autumn Leaves," with lyrics sung in French. Sensuality and soul color the vocalist's take on Fats Waller's “Honeysuckle Rose," which Allen turns into a cool-toned ballad. “Cry Me a River" is a duet performance with guitarist Richard Padron that has a straightforward, engagingly off-the-cuff feeling.In her college days ...



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