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In contrast to her previous Bill Evans tribute album, this outing by singer Karen Gallinger concentrates on blues-oriented material. Recorded live in a small club with her regular trio, Gallinger performs several different varieties of blues, from the swinging "Every Day I Have the Blues" and the old-time "If I Can't Sell It" to a couple Dave Frishberg songs, a soul piece from Bill Withers, and low-down blues by Booker T. Jones, Robert Johnson, and Willie Dixon. Gallinger is versatile enough to sound quite credible and passionate in each idiom, with the most effective songs being "Born Under a Bad Sign," "Who Is She and What Is She to You," "Doodin'," and "Wang Dang Doodle." Fans of the crowd-pleasing singer will enjoy this set.


Born: Venice, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Playing cello in grade school, singing in choir and madrigal groups in high school and studying music and theater in college were some of the stops along the way before Karen Gallinger reached her destination as a jazz singer. Gallinger started her jazz career in 1975 by performing with guitarist Tony Verheyen. In the 1980's she opened for such notables as Tony Bennett, Toni Tennille and Kenny Rankin. During the 1990's she has appeared at jazz festivals held in Fullerton and Costa Mesa and Santa...
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