Karrin Allyson produces a mostly romantic holiday album

08:43 AM, Dec 17, 2013


KARRIN ALLYSON

KARRIN ALLYSON

YULETIDE HIDEAWAY. I’m partial to jazz holiday interpretations of Christmas music (all those great songs adapt well to rhythms and improvisations). My new favorite is this CD from one of my favorite jazz singers, the smart, sexy vocalist with a jazz musician’s approach to what she’s singing. This is a secular, mostly romantic album, with a mix of new or lesser-known songs of the festive holiday — like “Winter Oasis,” “You’re All I need for Christmas” (with tasty scat singing), and “I Like Snow” — and standards, like a delightful mid-tempo arrangement of “Winter Wonderland” and “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” The accompaniment is first-rate. The biggest thrill for me was the discovery of “It’s Love, it’s Christmas,” a wonderful little-known song with music and lyrics by the late, great Bill Evans.

— Jack Garner