'Round Midnight

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Vocalist/pianist Karrin Allyson's 2011 effort 'Round Midnight is a smoky, afterglow affair that builds upon the singer's noted skill for interpreting jazz and pop standards. Conceptualized around the classic Thelonious Monk title track, the album plays like a darkly cool nightclub set -- not dissimilar to the kind of live performances Allyson is known for. Backing Allyson here is a superb lineup featuring guitarist Rod Fleeman, bassist Ed Howard, and drummer Matt Wilson, as well as saxophonist Bob Sheppard and harmonica player Randy Weinstein. Together, Allyson and her ensemble deliver intensely dramatic and romantic takes on such standards as the leadoff "Turn Out the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Vocalist/pianist Karrin Allyson's 2011 effort 'Round Midnight is a smoky, afterglow affair that builds upon the singer's noted skill for interpreting jazz and pop standards. Conceptualized around the classic Thelonious Monk title track, the album plays like a darkly cool nightclub set -- not dissimilar to the kind of live performances Allyson is known for. Backing Allyson here is a superb lineup featuring guitarist Rod Fleeman, bassist Ed Howard, and drummer Matt Wilson, as well as saxophonist Bob Sheppard and harmonica player Randy Weinstein. Together, Allyson and her ensemble deliver intensely dramatic and romantic takes on such standards as the leadoff "Turn Out the Stars," the mid-album "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," and of course the title track, which Allyson performs starkly with just bass accompaniment. Elsewhere, Allyson gives a sweetly moving take on Paul Simon's "April Come She Will" and goes against the usual uptempo style of "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows," instead delivering a ruminative, impressionistic slow-ballad version that allows her to reveal the nuances of Gene Lee's lyrics. Ultimately, it's Allyson's emotive voice and her ability to bring out these soft, bittersweet nuances in every track that makes 'Round Midnight such a listenable and heartfelt album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2011
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072326620
  • Catalog Number: 32662
  • Sales rank: 44,219

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Karrin Allyson Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, fender rhodes
Bob Sheppard Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Rod Fleeman Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Randy Weinstein Harmonica
Matt Wilson Drums
Ed Howard Bass
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Bill Evans Composer
Gordon Jenkins Composer
Cootie Williams Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Karrin Allyson Arranger, Producer
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Rod Fleeman Arranger
Ian Fraser Composer
Josiah Gluck Engineer
Johnny Mandel Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Nick Phillips Producer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Tommy Wolf Composer
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Fran Landesman Composer
Gene Less Composer
Harry Carroll Composer
Seth Presant Engineer
Joseph McCarthy Composer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Mary O'Keefe Visual Consultant
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