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Allegra Levy: Looking at the Moon (SteepleChase)

Albums crafted around moon-related tunes aren’t anything new. Mel Tormé delivered his terrific Swingin’ on the Moon in 1960. Six years later, Frank Sinatra shaped the more somber Moonlight Sinatra. While the concept may lack originality, vocalist Allegra Levy beautifully explores the lunar theme with this soft-hued assemblage. And, following Levy’s two previous releases, Lonely City and Cities … Read More “Allegra Levy: Looking at the Moon (SteepleChase)”

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Allegra Levy: Cities Between Us (SteepleChase)

It is unfair to dub a talent as singular as Allegra Levy the “next” anyone. Still, listening to Levy’s exceptional new album—confirming the intense promise of her previous release, 2015’s Lonely City—it’s hard not to be reminded of Stacey Kent: same bell-like clarity, same emotional honesty, same light yet dexterous touch. Levy continues to build … Read More “Allegra Levy: Cities Between Us (SteepleChase)”

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Allegra Levy: Lonely City

Discovering a fresh, dynamic jazz voice is always a delight. When the singer proves an equally gifted songwriter, the pleasure is squared. Allegra Levy is one such double-barreled talent. The recent New England Conservatory grad, a crystalline alto with a sultry layer of Chris Connor-esque smoke, made her recording debut while still in her teens, teaming with guitarist Elden Kelly to shape 2008’s A New Face.

While mightily promising, that mix of covers and originals clearly suggested Levy needed more ripening.

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