A New Day Has Begun (Music Thoughts: Many A New Day, Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein, Karrin Allyson)

karrinmKarrin Allyson is a true jazz singer in my book. She always sing with a jazz sensibility. On her new album, “Many A New Day, Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein,” she tackles songs from the most beloved collaborators in musical theater. These songs are big, bold, bombastic, and theatrical. But on Allyson’s hands, they are tender, subtle, and when swinging.  More importantly, they sound new. I love her quiet “Something Good,” arranged in an intimate personal manner, a paean to love and gratitude. And the lilt in “Hello Young Lovers” gives it a gentle kick. Look at the wistful “Edelweiss,” a track that sounds late night: contemplative, melancholy. Actually, all the arrangements, by Allyson and jazz masters Kenny Barron and John  Patitucci are so well done, I found myself waiting for tracks, anticipating how they are re-imagining these songs. And Allyson, vocally, has never been better – her lyrical interpretation more profound, more knowing, always on-point. This is an album I will always love, it just got released and it’s already timeless.

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