'Round Midnight

'Round Midnight

by Karrin AllysonKarrin Allyson


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2011
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072326620
catalogNumber: 32662
Rank: 98978

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
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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