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Karrin Allyson: Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson sings Rodgers and Hammerstein

Read "Many a New Day:  Karrin Allyson sings Rodgers and Hammerstein" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Karrin Allyson projects always have all five points of the creative star pinned down: theme, repertoire, arrangement, sequencing, and support. Her recordings Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane (Concord, 2001), In Blue (Concord, 2002), Footprints (Concord, 2006), and 'Round Midnight (Concord, 2011) are all evidence of her unsurpassed musicianship and creative heart. Karrin Allyson's worst recording is still outstanding. Artistically fearless, Allyson again spins golden lace from her talent arsenal. Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson sings Rodgers and ...

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Karrin Allyson: 'Round Midnight

Read "'Round Midnight" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Karrin Allyson is a jazz singer's jazz singer. As such she is well-studied in jazz outside of the vocal realm. This particular tool in her considerable skill set is responsible for her command of even demanding material as evidenced on her near perfect Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane (Concord Records, 2001) and Footprints (Concord Records, 2006). These recordings were nominally concept projects, the first dedicated to John Coltrane's seminal Ballads (Impulse!, 1963),and the second addressing the vocalese of modern jazz compositions. ...

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Karrin Allyson: Has Jazz, Will Travel

Read "Karrin Allyson: Has Jazz, Will Travel" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

Karrin Allyson is one of the busiest jazz vocalists on the domestic and international scene these days. Starting her musical journey studying classical piano, Allyson discovered jazz and jazz singing in college and thus claimed her future.

Over the years, Allyson has honed her singing, songwriting and piano skills and has recorded twelve CDs, all on the Concord Record label; the longtime association considered a major feat in the recording industry. This has led to three Grammy nominations in the ...

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Karrin Allyson: Imagina

Read "Imagina" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

Karrin Allyson has crafted a delightful and loving salute to songs of Brazil on Imagina. As stated in the liner notes, she wanted to “sing songs I love with players that I love." And that she has done. Accompanied by Gil Goldstein (piano and accordion), Rod Fleeman (acoustic guitar), David Finck (acoustic bass), Todd Strait (drums), Michael Spiro (percussion) and Steve Nelson (vibraphone and marimba), Allyson sails through 14 selections singing in both Portuguese and English. The material has been ...

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Karrin Allyson Live at Birdland

Read "Karrin Allyson Live at Birdland" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Karrin Allyson Birdland New York, NY May 19, 2007

The time is 9 P.M. at Birdland, and jazz singer Karrin Allyson is about to open a four-night engagement at the famed Manhattan club. The musicians are all gathered together, and the singer is amongst friends with whom she's been performing since her Kansas City days and with whom she made her debut recording on Concord Records in 1993. Although she has recorded with ...

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Karrin Allyson: Footprints

Read "Footprints" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

Karrin Allyson marked the release of Footprints at the Blue Note in April--a subtle introduction for a great album. The twice Grammy-nominated vocalist typically turns out great albums, so in and of itself, this isn't the news. What sets Footprints apart is Allyson's keen understanding of the jazz instrumental classics from which the CD borrows: It's a rare singer who can interpret the great horn players' star turns with this kind of poise. For the show Allyson ...

INTERVIEWS

Truth, Tradition & Karrin Allyson

Read "Truth, Tradition & Karrin Allyson" reviewed by Mathew Bahl

Honesty...

“That's the goal," explains jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson. “I think it's important to be honest when you're singing and playing and not to sound like someone else. We all have influences and people we love, but we are own people."

Nearly every aspiring jazz singer talks about finding his or her unique voice. However, by defining individuality in terms of authenticity rather than dissimilarity, Karrin Allyson has managed to achieve that ideal. In the process, she has also come ...


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