Karrin Allyson sings with such feeling, her delivery is silky smooth with so much style thrown in, a perfect blend. What's so interesting about this CD ~ "Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane", is the fact each tune is interpretated with just the right ingredients. Her setting for "SAY IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN", so special ~ "TOO YOUNG TO GO STEADY", lyrics ring true ~ "ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL", an early Sinatra hit during the big band era, just listen to this arrangement and the syncopated rhythm underlay-tempo Karrin gives this one ~ "IT'S EASY TO REMEMBER", with an easy-does-it approach ~ "NANCY (WITH THE LAUGHING FACE)", another beautiful ballad during Sinatra's reign, the piano background is so soothing ~ but the highlight, is the John Coltrane composition "NAIMA", mesmirizing effect has you drifting, drifting into deep unconsciousness, simply saturates each emotion ~ can't say enough about each track, except she gives you the impression you're hearing them for the very first time.
Hats off to ~ James Williams (piano), John Patitucci (acoustic bass), Lewis Nash (drums), Bob Berg (tenor sax), James Carter (tenor sax), Steven Wilson (soprano sax) ~ less we not forget Nick Phillips (producer), Glen Barros & John Burk (executive producers), Josiah Gluch (recording/mixing engineer) and Concord Jazz who has been there with Karrin from the very beginning ~ each recording gets better and better, enjoyable memories of Coltrane's career through the eyes of our young talented artist ~ KARRIN ALLYSON!
Total Time: 61:44 on 11 Tracks ~ Concord Jazz CCD-4950-2 ~ (2001)