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Karrin Allyson, ’Round Midnight
Concord Records, May 3

05/05/11



Jazz singer Allyson has been Grammy-nominated in the past, but it may not be until this release that she can truly hold the title of priestess of after-dinner chill. With sublime empathy and intimacy, she’s able to make these oldies her own, be they from Monk, Paul Simon or Sondheim, all sung in the same plain soprano that’s downed a lot of wannabes. It’s like coffee with a friend three weeks after a breakup, this thing, wryness (a snarky overhaul of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile”) abounding as often as sadness (an almost Jewel-like “Send in the Clowns”). As to her mastery over the quiet-jazz space, she’s in complete control on this album, playing piano on it for the first time, which of course grants her every millisecond of pause for effect. A

—Eric W. Saeger
 






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