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Album Review

Vocalist Karrin Allyson stretches herself during this diverse set. A superior jazz singer, Allyson scats quite well during "It Could Happen to You/Fried Bananas" and "Cherokee," sings lyrics in English, French ("Autumn Leaves") and Italian, interprets some fairly current pop tunes, is touching on Thelonious Monk's "Ask Me Now" and is quite memorable on "Joy Spring" and "All of You." With assistance from her fine Kansas City-based rhythm section (led by pianist Paul Smith) and with some worthy guests (including altoist Kim Park, violinist Claude Williams and flugelhornist Mike Metheny), Karrin Allyson shows just how versatile and talented a singer she is. Recommended.

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Sweet and Smooth

Personal highlight: One of the finest covers of "Live for Life" recorded. This is an outstanding introduction to a remarkable jazz vocalist. No voice box gymnastics, but a thoughtful rendering of classics and some wonderful "never heard that one" melodies. And by all means, see her live in concert if you have the chance.

Awesome Album!!!

And so it goes is to die for! After hearing it live in concert, I bought it immediatly and it is one of my top 5 favorite unes that I love to hear again and again! She is an amazing talent!

Mistress of Magic

She's soft, she's bold, she's lofty and never old! Ms Allyson is a true Jazz diva carrying on the tradition of Ella, Sarah, with the perfect pitch of Rosie Clooney. Her "Live for Life" is to die for....enjoy....sip like a fine wine.


Born: Great Bend, KS

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the more impressive jazz singers to emerge in the '90s, Karrin Allyson is a great scat singer but also highly expressive on ballads. Born in Great Bend, Kansas, Allyson grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and the San Francisco Bay Area -- during which time she began taking classical piano lessons, in addition to performing as a folksinger and in an all-female rock band, Tomboy. Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1987 (and receiving a degree in piano), Allyson sang regularly at a Kansas...
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