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Aimee Allen: Wings Uncaged

Read "Wings Uncaged" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Vocalist Aimée Allen arrived on the scene in 2006 with Dream (Azuline Music). She then digitally released L'Inexplicable (Azuline, 2007) followed by Winters and Mays (Azuline, 2011) and Matter of Time (Azuline, 2015). With Wings Uncaged Allen's socially observant style reaches a new maturity. The standard “Invitation" is given a refreshingly modern arrangement. François Moutin's warm bass sonorities create a novel setting for the well-known melody. Allen's diction is clear and her rhythmic delivery precise. She takes her ...

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Aimee Allen: Matter of Time

Read "Matter of Time" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Aimee Allen's previous recording, her junior release, Winters & Mays. (Azuline Music, 2011) was a well-conceived offering from this Pittsburgh native. On Matter of Time, Allen brings her uncanny feel for jazz conception. The disc is slightly schizophrenic, with two competing centers of gravity: one in the jazz mainstream ("My Romance," “Out of Nowhere") and the Brazilian ("Matter of Time," “The Island"). For the latter, guitarist Romero Lubambo, provides all of the necessary humidity. On the Bossa ...

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Aimee Allen: Matter of Time

Read "Matter of Time" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Aimée Allen has a wonderful ear for beauty; fluent in two romantic languages, French and Portuguese, Allen's warm timbered voice also is fluent in conveying passionate phrases that seem to be wholly heart felt. Matter of Time (Azuline Music) is her latest musical offering that contains highly original music and lyrics penned by Allen dealing with subjects of love and the many changes that life brings to each of us. Allen also has a collection of renewed arrangements on familiar ...

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Aimee Allen: Winters & Mays

Read "Winters & Mays" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Vocalist/composer/arranger Aimée Allen exists as a whole, self-sustaining entity. Her round, sensuous alto has only smooth edges with a caress of warm linen. Her songwriting (and that which she does with brother David Allen) is top-notch, fully formed and in abundance on Winters & Mays. But it is her singing that is exceptional, particularly on the standards mash-up “Bye Bye Blackbird/It Could Happen to You." Accompanied only by guitarist Pete McCann and bassist Craig Akin, Allen begins ...

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Aimee Allen: Dream

Read "Dream" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


Aimee Allen's debut album provides a generous helping of eleven tunes from the Great American Songbook. The artist, who possesses a bright voice with a good range, takes the opportunity to mix in some bossa nova, as well as the French lyric for “Autumn Leaves," including the rarely heard verse.

While still a student at Yale University, Allen took an active interest in performing with two a cappella groups which specialized in a jazz repetoire. After her graduation, ...

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Aimee Allen: Dream

Read "Dream" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Aimee Allen, a first-rate interpreter of familiar jazz tunes, gives an exotic texture to Dream, with the inclusion of a couple of Brazilian bossas--"Manha de Carneval/Black Orpheus" and Jobim's classic “Triste." With a crystalline delivery, great range and a fine command of nuance and inflection, Allen also covers “Les Feuilles Mortes/Autumn Leaves," with lyrics sung in French. Sensuality and soul color the vocalist's take on Fats Waller's “Honeysuckle Rose," which Allen turns into a cool-toned ballad. “Cry Me a River" ...


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