Karrin Allyson – Many A New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 58:34 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: e-onkyo | © Motéma Music LLC
Recorded: May 1 & 2, 2015, Sear Sound Studios, NYC
Four-time ‘Best Vocal Jazz Album ‘Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson’s ‘Many A New Day (Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein)’ is a 14-song collection featuring Allyson’s romantic, sly and swinging take on songs that have become part of our cultural fabric, from ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Morning’ to ‘Happy Talk’ to ‘I Cain’t Say No’ and numerous others. The collection, which marks the singer’s debut on the Motéma label, features the distinctive pairing of Kenny Barron on piano and John Patitucci on bass (only the second time the two have recorded together). Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s legendary musical partnership is among the greatest of the 20th century, resulting in such seminal Broadway productions as The King and I, South Pacific, Sound of Music, Oklahoma and Carousel. With her distinctive vocals, Allyson takes an array of these beloved songs on an elegant, intimate and joyful ride. Her arrangements, impeccably performed by Barron and Patitucci, manage to infuse these musical theater gems with a spare, sophisticated and intimate vibe that recalls the wee-hours in a late night Paris jazz club.
Karrin Allyson projects always have all five points of the creative star pinned down: theme, repertoire, arrangement, sequencing, and support. Her recordings Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane (Concord, 2001), In Blue (Concord, 2002), Footprints (Concord, 2006), and ‘Round Midnight (Concord, 2011) are all evidence of her unsurpassed musicianship and creative heart. Karrin Allyson’s worst recording is still outstanding.
Artistically fearless, Allyson again spins golden lace from her talent arsenal. Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson sings Rodgers and Hammerstein, the singer’s first recording for Motema, again touches the five points of a well-fashioned release. Her theme is the music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, presented in the close quarters of the piano-bass rhythm section. The repertoire is select. It is not a complete survey of R&H oeuvre, rather, it focuses exclusively on Oklahoma! (1943), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951) and The Sound of Music (1959).
Allyson, an accomplished pianist, arranged all 14 selections, a considerable effort considering her supporting cast mentioned later. Her sequencing (or song choice) is measured and informed. Allyson did not take an easy route, covering the most popular songs from each show (save for Oklahoma!’s provision of “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin,’” and “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top”). Most notably (and gratefully) absent is “My Favorite Things,” opting instead for a superb reading of “Edelwiess” with the singer accompanying herself on piano.
For support, Allyson is joined by pianist Kenny Barron and bassist John Patitucci. That might be the definition of class. She molds these outstanding musicians to her whims and wishes, producing sheer genius like the opening “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin,’” a hayseed tune if there ever was one and making it an art deco piece gospel blues. Her wordless doubling of Barron’s piquant playing on the opening of the title tune is as rich as cream and heady as a martini. “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” from South Pacific is an unexpected delight joining an equally delightful, though expected “Bali Ha’i.” Near perfect as a project Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson sings Rodgers and Hammerstein makes an excellent addition to an already exceptional discography. -C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
1 Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’ 4:11
2 Many A New Day 3:00
3 Happy Talk 3:54
4 I Cain’t Say No 4:19
5 I Have Dreamed 4:56
6 Out Of My Dreams 3:35
7 Bali Ha’i 5:08
8 Medley: When I Think Of Tom / Hello Young Lovers 4:35
9 We Kiss In A Shadow 4:38
10 You’ve Got To be Carefully Taught 4:12
11 Something Wonderful 2:37
12 The Surrey With The Fringe On Top 3:32
13 Something Good 3:19
14 Edelweiss 2:33
15 This Nearly Was Mine (bonus track) 3:57
Karrin Allyson – Vocals, Arranger, Piano (#14)
Kenny Barron – Piano
John Patitucci – Bass