Tuesday, September 8, 2015

CD Review: New Jazz Music Arriving From Karrin Allyson And From Rick & The All-Stars

Jazz singer/pianist Karrin Allyson is preparing to release her latest album of cover songs entitled "Many A New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rogers & Hammerstein." It will be available on September 18th through the Motema record label. Karrin's last four albums have received Grammy nominations and this one will definitely keep the trend going. The new fourteen song release begins with the iconic "Oklahoma!" musical number "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning" as Karrin adds a New Orleans jazz-swing to the original tune. She sticks with the musical "Oklahoma! for 4 of the first sing songs as the tunes are highlighted by the wonderful piano of Kenny Barron and John Patitucci's bass. Karrin brings up the energy with "Happy Talk" from the musical "South Pacific," before slowing down for the sultry delivery of "I Can't Say No," once again from "Oklahoma!" Karrin  then turns her attention to "The King And I" with the loveliness of "When I Think Of Tom/Hello Young Lovers" and "We Kiss In A Shadow." The album closes as Karrin takes on her hardest task with ease as she looks to "The Sound Of Music" for her jazzy versions of the Julie Andrews' song "Something Good" and the delicate waltz of "Edelweiss." To find out more about Karrin Allyson and her latest release "Many A New Day," please visit her website at karrin.com.

New Jersey jazz guitarist Rick Pressler has been involved in music since he was seven years old and his grandfather was his guitar mentor. He has dedicated 35 years to the industry, performing at CBGB's in New York to Madame Wong's in Los Angeles and everywhere in-between. His latest release "The Invisible Session" includes a collaboration with the Stone Hill All-Stars from Baltimore, MD. The new eight song release begins with "Shock Arrives In America" as The All-Stars deliver a traditional, classic jazz sound. The quick pace of "Naiman Bays At The Moon" gets things moving, before Rick And The All-Stars gets the stretch their talents on "Margolis Shakes Off The Hand Cramp." The Stone Hill All-Stars' bassist/guitarist Paul Margolis takes the lead on the bluesy, feel of "Pick Up One Thing From The Floor," while Rick looks to close the album with the avant-garde jazz of "Rick Made Us March A Million Miles In Alien Suits." To find out more about Rick And The All-Stars latest release "The Invisible Session," please visit facebook.com/stonehillallstars.

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