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Karrin Allyson has evolved into one of the most exciting young singers in the jazz world. All of the Kansas City resident's Concord recordings have been strong, and her artistic winning streak continues with Daydream. This excellent CD reminds us that Allyson isn't just a pop singer with some jazz influenceshe's a improvising, hard swinging jazzer who can blow with the spontaneity of a saxophonist. And if you doubt it, just check out how passionately and freely she swings on everything from Ellington's "Day Dream" to "Like Someone In Love" to Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee" (which she combines with "Indiana" in a medley). Bossa nova has been one of the frisky singer's strong points; this time, she turns her attention to the Jobim songs "Corcovado" and "So Danco Samba" with fine results. Some of the best jazz singers of the 1990sKitty Margolis, Carla White, Roseanna Vitro, Claire Martin, Judy Niemack, among othershaven't been hyped to death. This is also true of Allyson, who is jazz singing personified.
Reprinted with the permission of Myrna Daniels and L.A. Jazz Scene , the largest jazz publication in Southern California.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.