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Barnes & Noble - Donald Elfman
After having garnered acclaim for her recorded vocal tribute to John Coltrane and a remarkable eight albums for the Concord label, Allyson ranks as one of the most creative and free-spirited singers now working. For her new release she takes on the pop songs that she “grew up with.” Here are tunes by the singer-songwriters that have lasted and held on to their popularity: Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Carly Simon, and Carole King. Allyson has rethought the phrasing and approach to many of these, but the essential lyric quality of all remains pure. In addition, Karrin sings "Wild for You Baby," popularized by Bonnie Raitt, and "The Moon Is a ...
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Barnes & Noble - Donald Elfman
After having garnered acclaim for her recorded vocal tribute to John Coltrane and a remarkable eight albums for the Concord label, Allyson ranks as one of the most creative and free-spirited singers now working. For her new release she takes on the pop songs that she “grew up with.” Here are tunes by the singer-songwriters that have lasted and held on to their popularity: Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Carly Simon, and Carole King. Allyson has rethought the phrasing and approach to many of these, but the essential lyric quality of all remains pure. In addition, Karrin sings "Wild for You Baby," popularized by Bonnie Raitt, and "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress," written by Jimmy Webb and loved by Karrin in versions by Linda Ronstadt, Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny, and Judy Collins. Karrin and a group of handpicked players -- buoyed by pianist Gil Goldstein’s smart arrangements -- take these oft-played songs and give them a sparkling new life.
All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
It's always a blast hearing the way a child of the '70s will interpret the classics from that era, and the two-time Grammy nominee picks plenty of gems, some mega-popular, others more obscure, to sink her stylized jazzy teeth into. Although she's most celebrated for her interpretations of Gershwin, bossa nova, Monk, and Coltrane, in her liner notes Allyson reminds listeners that she has scattered various similar covers throughout her extensive catalog. Weaving her wistful vocals like a precise thread through the needle-sharp, often sparse piano-based arrangements of Gil Goldstein, she does an admirable job with Cat Stevens, Elton John, and James Taylor, but seems most comfortable and passionate tackling hits by the ladies who no doubt fostered her childhood dreams. She adds elegance and a lightly swinging grace to "Feel Like Makin' Love," offers thoughtful, plaintive twists on two Carly Simon gems, and earns a quote of praise from Melissa Manchester herself for a soulful, rangy rendition of "I Got Eyes." Hands down, however, Allyson's voice is best suited to interpret Joni Mitchell, and her vibrant, alternately restrained and powerful cruises through percussive arrangements of "All I Want" and "Help Me" are the album's true highlights. Since Allyson has made past recordings focused on covers of one artist's material, it wouldn't be fantasizing too much to want her at some point to do an all-Mitchell tribute. She's at her wildest when she's taking chances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431222026
  • Catalog Number: 2220
  • Sales rank: 138,887

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Karrin Allyson Primary Artist, fender rhodes
Gil Goldstein Piano, Accordion, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes, Soloist
Bob Bowman Acoustic Bass, Soloist
Danny Embrey Acoustic Guitar
Rod Fleeman Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist, Fills
Todd Strait Percussion, Drums, Claves, Soloist
Paul "Scooby" Smith fender rhodes
Technical Credits
James Taylor Composer
Gil Goldstein Arranger, Producer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Karrin Allyson Producer
Josiah Gluck Engineer
Nick Phillips Producer
Dominick Maita Mastering
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Kurt Sievert Art Direction
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