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Karrin Allyson handles every style of singing so well; it's no wonder she's at home with the blues. A crystal clear artist with a unique vocal timbre, she's always been right on the button with respect to her goals. This, Allyson's eighth album in ten years, comes as yet another reminder of her consistency. She scat sings, interprets swinging lyrics, and dedicates each performance to communicating with her audience. One listen and we're hooked. Audio samples are available at Allyson's web site. The 5/4 meter of "Long as You're Living" brings out a foot-tappin' formula for fun. "West Coast Blues" appears to be the session's high point, as singer, guitarist and pianist groove to the familiar story. Everyone can relate. A personal favorite shows up in the form of Leonard Feather's "Evil Gal Blues." Walking bass and ride cymbal provide a solid foundation for Allyson's blues shout. As with most intelligent psychological ploys of personal interaction, she's careful to never raise her voice. And we still hear every word clearly. The music retains its poise, even in the midst of lyrics about "what I'm gonna do with you" and "what I want you to do for me." Karrin Allyson knows the blues.
Track Listing: Moanin
Personnel: Karrin Allyson-vocals; Danny Embrey-guitar; Mulgrew Miller-piano; Fender Rhodes.
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.