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Ballads - Remembering John Coltrane

Karrin Allyson Audio CD
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Karrin Allyson digs the late-night groove, even when it’s a little heartbreaking. After a dozen releases on Concord Jazz over the course of two decades – and three GRAMMY® nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album along the way – the versatile vocalist/pianist still believes that the emotional connection that takes place in a small, quiet club during the late hours is one of ... Read more in Amazon's Karrin Allyson Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Jun 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord
  • ASIN: B00005J716
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Say It (Over And Over Again)
2. You Don't Know What Love Is
3. Too Young To Go Steady
4. All Or Nothing At All
5. I Wish I Knew
6. What's New
7. It's Easy To Remember
8. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
9. Naima
10. Why Was I Born?
11. Everytime We Say Goodbye

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, one of the best vocal jazz albums ever! 1 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
Lets make this one short: this is brilliant stuff!
John Coltranes' 'Ballads' enriched with one beautiful female vocal in a best possible manner. Playing is spot on, intuitive and inspired. Each song in this selection is a gem of old-school songwriting. Its almost easy-listening, but you can find heaven here. Perfect record.
Norah Jones is not jazz. This is jazz. THE Jazz.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Richly inoffensive 2 Dec 2008
By Sporus
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've seen this album listed as one of the top 100 jazz cds produced in the last 20 years, so it's got its supporters... but while Karrin Allyson isn't a pop singer, this is essentially 'dinner jazz'. The connection with such an 'original' performer as Coltrane might lead people to think otherwise, but of course the whole point of his 'Ballads' album was to acquaint people with an alternative way of playing 'standards'. Allyson essentially reverses the process - nothing here would offend (or perhaps even intrigue) your grandmother. The band is fine - albeit the sax can wax a little tiresome - and Allyson has commendable pitch. Her breath control seems suspect, though, and on the strength of this record I wouldn't say she was an especially distinctive 'voice'. Still. If you think eating chocolate mousse from black plastic pots and drinking six quid bottles of claret is sophisticated, then this is the album for you. It's nothing to be ashamed of... but you do grow out of it.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "silky smooth delivery with style thrown in" 25 May 2001
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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)
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The big time at last 21 Jun 2001
By Lisa Hindmarsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This should be the recording that finally gives Karrin Allyson the big-time recognition she has so long deserved. She has come fully into her own with this gorgeous re-imagining of Coltrane's landmark recordings. Karrin's intelligent musicianship and pristine ear are evident throughout, and though her physical vocal range is rather limited, she surprises the listener with some of the most beautiful and perfectly placed high notes you're likely to hear on any vocal jazz recording. Her husky timbre will remind you of a sax at times, and if you listen to "Naima" (in my opinion the best track on this disc, requiring an incredible amount of vocal skill to pull off so effectively), the horn and the voice are indistinguishable from each other. Karrin's emotional interpretations are sensitive and mature as well. I recommend this CD highly for jazz fans, fans of great singing, and even to listeners who are new to jazz. Karrin Allyson is a great place to start - she has arrived, at last, into the upper echelon of the finest vocalists in the business. I think she's there to stay!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy complement to Coltrane 12 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I suppose some impatience is understandable when someone does a tribute to John Coltrane. There will never be another Trane, and he set a high standard, to say the least. But most of these songs are standards that belong to vocalists at least as much as they do to Trane. The ravishing first number, "Say It (Over and Over Again)," not recorded by singers all that often, is a particular favorite of mine. Tenor man James Carter's contribution is controversial, and his playing certainly isn't going to remind anyone of Coltrane, stylistically. But I think it was wise to avoid trying to be too evocative of Coltrane - that would never work. Carter goes off in other directions, some of which sound weird at first, but eventually his playing appealed to me. James Williams makes a fine contribution on piano as well.
Potential buyers should realize that they don't have to pick between Coltrane's Ballads album and Karrin Allyson's tributes. It's not a competition - you should have them both. If you loved Trane's album, surely you would be interested in a good vocal version, unless you just don't like jazz vocals. Karrin Allyson's CD is as good a new vocal album as I've heard so far in 2001, and it will be sharing a lot of time in the CD player with the Coltrane album.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth getting... 24 Jun 2001
By Thomas J. Brucia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Verbal expression and tonal patterns exist in different universes, but my personal reaction to this CD was very positive. I liked her voice. I liked how the lyrics and the tonal element melded. This CD made an emotional dent in me (and I'm usually curiously examining the structures in music I listen to -- not expecting an emotional response). I listen to so much music in the course of a day (don't we all!) that it's not very easy to penetrate the 'blur'... Incidentally, I discovered Karrin Allyson in the course of an interview on public radio; she seems like a very intelligent, sensitive, and meticulous person, in addition to having a great voice. As someone who never appreciated Coultrane before, she has made me want to LISTEN to his music with a lot more attention than I might have before...
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Over and Over Again 9 Jun 2001
By Robert G. Klotz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
How could anyone, let alone a coy Midwestern young woman who's transplanted herself in New York, attempt to do the entire "Ballads" album by The John Coltrane Quartet, with tenor players and the tunes all lined up in order (although no A and B sides for us old timers).
Quite simply, KARRIN ALLYSON (say it CAR-in, not like Karen), uses the original lyrics Coltrane played (mostly, except on "Nancy", Sinatra's tune about his young daughter, where Karrin looks on as a man adores his little girl) and incredibly, just like Coltrane and Tyner, she and James Williams get right down deep into the EMOTIONAL CORE of these tunes, bringing out nuances referencing Trane, but also ones he could only hint at or make allusions to with his elegantly muscular tenor sound.
Allyson has her own deep strength and knows how to use it, with her voice, not as sweet and innocent as her first several Concord albums, but more lustrous and rich. She is a musician who uses her voice, no mere singer. She actually adds to my undying love of The Coltrane Quartet's original "Ballads". To me, this is nothing less than a magnificient achievement. NOTE TO GRAMMY MEMBERS: Here's your front-runner by a long shot.
Buy this Karrin Allyson release. Check out her previous, light airy stuff on "From Paris to Rio" after you dig deep into "Ballads" -- a CD you'll listen to, I promise, over and over again.
Rob Klotz, KANU Jazz in the Night, University of Kansas
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