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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 anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.