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Album Review

Jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson strikes a sentimental chord with this super fine 2001 release, inspired by tenor sax titan John Coltrane's infamous Ballads LP. The diva exhibits her near flawless phraseology and alluring vigor throughout these wonderfully executed pieces. Allyson also receives exemplary support from what some might consider an all-star band, featuring bassist John Patitucci; saxophonists Bob Berg, Steve Wilson, and James Carter; pianist/educator James Williams; and drummer Lewis Nash. All told, the musicians inject their distinct musical personas into these moving portraitures amid Allyson's trance-like renderings of pieces such as "You Don't Know What Love Is," "All or Nothing at All," and others. The singer's wordless incantation of "Naima" bespeaks poignant imagery as Patitucci and Nash generate a grooving samba beat atop Williams' shrewdly placed lower-register ostinato motifs and the saxophonists' breezy lines. Basically, Ballads is a very special occurrence, one that provides yet another mark of distinction for this extremely talented artiste. Highly recommended.

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A brave album....

Not everything works, but for anyone to take on Coltrane as a vocal project... how can you not be impressed. What does work is fascinating and deeply felt. A good addition for any fan of how jazz standards can be bent and polished, melted down and refinished.

A unique voice

Karrin Allyson is my hands-down favorite jazz singer. With others, I may be blown away by the voice, or the musicianship. And a few have a personality that comes through and impresses me. Karrin has it all, and the personality seems more complete than any other vocal personality. It's as if the woman herself is in the room, and is someone I know personally.

This album is my favorite of hers, though it's different because it's all ballads. She's joined here by some terrific musicians, and Coltrane's memory is well served. The lyrics are sung with real feeling and intelligence, and the scat passages take off and fly.

By the way, whoever wrote the review at the top should look up the word "infamous."


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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