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Harry Allen & Scott Hamilton: ‘Round Midnight

“My Melancholy Baby” opens this two-tenor session in an easygoing groove with laidback, swinging saxophone solos reminiscent of Zoot Sims and Al Cohn. This is the third recorded meeting of Harry Allen and Scott Hamilton, and it’s a characteristically happy one flaunting many old-school virtues: Of course, there is the phrasing and tonal affiliation with … Read More “Harry Allen & Scott Hamilton: ‘Round Midnight”

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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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