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'; Everybody's Cryin' Mercy; Long As You're Livin'; The Meaning Of The Blues; The Bluebird; Hum Drum Blues; How Long Has This Been Going On; West Coast Blues; Evil Gal Blues; Blue Motel Room; Bye Bye Country Boy; Love Me Like A Man; Angel Eyes. (Total Time: 73:53)
The first jazz record I bought was a Verve compilation of 10 LPs! I saved for more than six months and gave it to myself as a
Christmas present. I was about 18 years old. Since then, my love for jazz has taken me to program the only jazz radio station in
Mexico City, Horizonte 107.9 FM.