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Karrin Allyson: Collage

Allyson, who lives in Kansas City, is a hard-working singer who is good at a lot of things. On “It Could Happen To You”/”Fried Bananas,” she is cool and seductive. Later, she sings “Autumn Leaves” in French and “Faltando Um Pedaco” in Portuguese. On Jay Leonhart’s “Robert Frost” and Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes,” there’s a bit of the Elizabethan folk-singer in her presentation. Her versions of Clifford Brown’s “Joy Spring” and Ray Noble’s “Cherokee” are fine bebop displays. She also demonstrates a flair for the blues, on Bonnie Raitt’s “Give It Up Or Let Me Go.” Then there’s Monk’s “Ask Me Now.”

The album includes an almost all-K.C. cast: pianist Paul Smith, guitarists Rod Fleeman and Danny Embrey, bassist Bob Bowman, drummer Todd Strait, and guests Kim Park (alto saxophone), Mike Metheny (fluegelhorn), Randy Weinstein (harmonica), Claude “Fiddler” Williams (violin), and the out-of-towners Carter Brey (cello) and Laura Caviani (piano).

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