JazzTimes - 3/97, p.90
"Allyson, who lives in Kansas City, is a hard-working singer who is good at a lot of things..."
Personnel: Karrin Allyson (vocals, whistle, piano, percussion); Kim Park (alto saxophone, background vocals); Mike Metheny (flugelhorn); Randy Weinstein (harmonica, bass harmonica, background vocals); Claude "Fiddler" Williams (violin); Carter Brey (cello); Paul Smith (piano, background vocals); Laura Caviani (piano); Rod Fleeman (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Danny Embrey (electric guitar); Bob Bowman (bass, background vocals); Todd Strait (drums, percussion, background vocals); Bill McGlaughlin, Chrystopher Von Angersbach, Jean Bowman, Frank Conroy, Danny Embrey, Spencer Fleeman, Stan Kessler, Jerry Latsky, Louise Strait, John Zeiner (background vocals).
Interstring: Rod Fleeman, Danny Embrey, Bob Bowman, Todd Strait.
Recorded at Soundtrek Studios, Kansas City, Missouri on January 5-6 and January 8-10, 1996. Includes liner notes by Frank Conroy.
Vocalist Karrin Allyson stretches herself during this diverse set. A superior jazz singer, Allyson scats quite well during "It Could Happen to You/Fried Bananas" and "Cherokee," sings lyrics in English, French ("Autumn Leaves") and Italian, interprets some fairly current pop tunes, is touching on Thelonious Monk's "Ask Me Now" and is quite memorable on "Joy Spring" and "All of You." With assistance from her fine Kansas City-based rhythm section (led by pianist Paul Smith) and with some worthy guests (including altoist Kim Park, violinist Claude Williams and flugelhornist Mike Metheny), Karrin Allyson shows just how versatile and talented a singer she is. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow