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Karrin Allyson: Some of That Sunshine (Kasrecords)

Even those casually familiar with vocalist and pianist Karrin Allyson’s 26-year recording career surely appreciate her tremendous versatility, exploring everything from French chansons to Brazilian jazz, from blues to pop, from Coltrane to Rodgers and Hammerstein with unerring panache. With Some of That Sunshine, Allyson unleashes her equally impressive dexterity as a songwriter. Sharing keyboard … Read More “Karrin Allyson: Some of That Sunshine (Kasrecords)”

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Karrin Allyson: Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein

Why do jazz singers embrace so many songs by Rodgers and Hart yet so few-save the Coltrane-blessed “My Favorite Things”-by Rodgers and Hammerstein? While Rodgers’ music is accepted as consistently top-drawer, Hart’s lyrics are widely considered sharper, wittier and more intellectual than Hammerstein’s. Which is, in a word, hogwash. Yes, Hammerstein’s lyrics are often brighter … Read More “Karrin Allyson: Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein”

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Karrin Allyson: ’Round Midnight

Within the balladic sub-genre of profoundly doomful vocal jazz, Sinatra’s brooding In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning remains the gold standard, with his near equally despondent No One Cares running a close second. Karrin Allyson, whose smoky sound is ideally suited to such material, plumbs the same depths but favors rumination over desperation. … Read More “Karrin Allyson: ’Round Midnight”

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