Here’s a singer who has mostly slipped past my radar. It won’t happen again. Allyson’s new CD is a very personal remembrance of the balladry of John Coltrane, sweetly reviving the memory of how in the midst of his most explorative period, J.C. paused to lay down his memorable Ballads date for Impulse!. Apparently among musicians he not only touched horn players, but at least one singer. There’s a lot of heart in how Allyson approaches this material, a sense of yearning that is quite intimate, right from her tender reading of “Say It (Over and Over Again)” that opens the date. There’s just a hint of Jeri Southern in her work.
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