- Released: March 25, 2008
- Label: Concord Records
JazzTimes - p.124
"[I]t's wonderful to hear not only how much more interesting and assured Allyson has grown, but how much deeper and richer her appreciation for Brazilian music's deceptively delicate subtlety now is."
- 1.Felicidade, A (Happiness)
- 3.So Tinha de Ser Com Voce
- 4.Medo de Amar (Surrender the Soul)
- 5.O Morro Nao Tem Vez (Favela)
- 6.Estrada Branca (This Happy Madness)
- 7.Outono (Stay)
- 8.Double Rainbow
- 10.Desafinado (Slightly Out of Tune)
- 11.Pra Dizer Adeus (Time to Say Goodbye)
- 12.Vivo Sonhando (Living on Dreams)
- 13.Estrada Do Sol
- 14.E Com Esse que Eu Vou
Personnel: Karrin Allyson (vocals, piano); Rod Fleeman (acoustic guitar, acoustic 6-string guitar); Gil Goldstein (accordion, piano); Steve Nelson (vibraphone, marimba); David Finck (acoustic bass); Todd Strait (drums); Michael Spiro (pandeiro, shaker, surdo, tambourine, percussion).
Grammy-nominated jazz singer Karrin Allyson is of the generation for whom Bonnie Raitt and Joni Mitchell are as influential as Mose Allison and Abbey Lincoln. Allyson can scat-sing with the best of them but always remembers to invest herself in a song's meaning. IMAGINA is something of a departure for her, as it's all songs from Brazil sung in Portuguese and English. While some are established hits ("Desafinado"), many may be new to non-Brazilian audiences. Ace jazz vibraphonist Steve Nelson is part of this disc's triumph, his bright, brittle tone serving as a wonderful compliment to Allyson's skillful singing.