Down Beat - 9/93, p.364 Stars
- Very Good - "...I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT YOU is a portrait of an artist as a young woman with subtlety running hot in her veins....Allyson serves up variety, invention and an appealingly discreet use of an instrument worth checking out..."
Personnel: Karrin Allyson (vocals, piano), Gary Sivils (cornet), Mike Metheny (flugelhorn), Joe Cartwright, Russ Long, Paul Smith (pianos), Rod Fleeman (acoustic guitar), Danny Embrey (electric guitar), Bob Bowman, Gerald Spaits (bass), Todd Strait (drums, percussion), Doug Auwarter (percussion).
Additional personnel: Bryan Hicks (vocals).
Personnel: Karrin Allyson (vocals, piano); Bryan Hicks (vocals); Rod Fleeman (acoustic guitar); Danny Embrey (electric guitar); Gary Sivils (cornet); Mike Metheny (flugelhorn); Paul E. Smith , Joe Cartwright, Russ Long (piano); Todd Strait (drums, percussion); Doug Auwarter (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Bill McGlaughlin.
Recording information: Soundtrek studios, Kansas City, MO.
This CD was the debut of the talented singer Karrin Allyson, a creative scat singer also very capable of holding her own on ballads. She primarily utilizes top Kansas City musicians (including pianists Paul Smith, Russ Long and Joe Cartwright, guitarists Danny Embrey and Rod Fleeman, bassists Bob Bowman and Gerald Spaits, drummer Todd Strait, cornetist Gary Sivils and flugelhornist Mike Metheny) on a variety of bop-based material. Among the highlights are "Nature Boy," Karrin's chancetaking duet with drummer Strait on "What A Little Moonlight Can Do," a rapid version of "'S Wonderful" and a bossa-novatized "It Might As Well Be Spring." Karrin Allyson, who also plays piano on three numbers, shows a great deal of potential throughout her rewarding debut. ~ Scott Yanow