About this Recording
86042-2 - ALLEN, Jackie: Which?

Catalogue: Naxos Jazz 86042-2

Jackie Allen (vocals)
Bill Cunliffe (piano)
Red Holloway (tenor sax)
Gary Foster (alto sax)
Bruce Paulson (trombone)
Jim Hughart (bass)
Roy McCurdy (drums)

About the music

Chicago chanteuse Jackie Allen has crafted a record irresistibly stylish and comfortable, like a bed of satin on a star-filled night. The intimate feel of the disc extends to her intuitive sidemen, which includes Bill Cunliffe, Red Holloway and Gary Foster, who tailor their sound to the songs. There’s variety in the selections, from bedtime ballads to blue-shaded introspective hymns to playful understated bop. An immensely enjoyable recording, Which? has a classiness that comes from Allen’s experience on the jazz circuit and refined song interpretations that are long on emotions and short on histrionics.

About Jackie Allen

Versatility, range, and infectious enthusiasm make Allen one of the most accomplished vocalists on the Chicago scene. A Midwestern-native who grew up surrounded by music, her father, Gene Allen, played Dixieland jazz tuba, Jackie Allen and her four siblings all played brass instruments. She formed her first jazz quartet in the mid-1980s. She began to develop her distinctive, sophisticated style while performing as a duo with Mel Rhyne, the original keyboardist for jazz legend Wes Montgomery. In Chicago, she now sings each week at downtown’s Lush Life, and regularly in Andy’s, the Green Mill, Pops for Champagne and Toulouse.

She has a self-produced CD, Never Let Me Go on Lake Shore Jazz, which rode the Gavin Jazz chart’s top 20 for 13 weeks and rated glowing reviews in Down Beat, Jazz Times, Swing Journal and the Chicago Tribune. another recording, Santa Baby, with pianist and singer Judy Roberts was named “the most endearing of the holiday albums* by the Chicago Tribune. Allen has performed in Europe at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her performance with bassist Hans Sturm at the 1998 International Bass Festival in Edinburgh earned the two a recording contract, as well as a return engagement at the 1999 festival. Allen has also performed and recorded with jazz artist Patricia Barber, and had her songs recorded by Nnenna Freelon and Mark Murphy.

Visit Jackie Allen's Homepage at : http://myenvoy.com/jackieallen

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