By Andrew Gilhooley / 411
Feeling blue? So is Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson on her latest CD “In Blue,” released on Concord Records in 2002. She isn’t feeling blue, however, about the fact that the album spent several months in the Billboard Jazz Top 20 following its release, or that it spent a record-breaking five weeks at the top of the Jazzweek radio charts.. This coming Sunday and Monday, she will be performing songs from “In Blue,” together with a collection of jazz standards, at the Jazz and Blues Company in
Karrin Allyson was born in
The success of her debut led to some prestigious engagements for Allyson, including the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival in
For her most recent release, Allyson visited the blues, but gave it her own jazzy spin. “When I first thought about doing a ‘blues album’ it was hard to describe to people,” she said. “In specific musical terms, the blues have a ‘form’—whether it be the typical 12-bar blues, minor blues, blues with a bridge, etc. This album is not a ‘traditional blues album’ but rather, it’s a collection of tunes I love, that have to do with having the blues—no matter what the form.” The end result is an eclectic collection of tunes by writers as diverse as George and Ira Gershwin and Joni Mitchell. Time magazine described the album as “perfect for late-night listening,” and indeed the sound of Allyson’s voice immediately transports the listener to a dimly-lit jazz club in the small hours.
Karrin Allyson will be joined at her
First published in "411", The Salinas Californian, October 30, 2003
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