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A Romantic Evening with Jackie Allen

by Jackie Allen

Jackie Allen's alluring voice and nuanced interpretations breathe fresh life into engaging jazz arrangements of classic tunes and new standards made famous by artists from Ella and Sinatra to Smokey Robinson and Paul Simon.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What a Little Moonlight Can Do (Live)
5:57 album only
2. Daydream (Live)
5:12 album only
3. Lazy Afternoon (Live)
4:44 album only
4. You Are so Beautiful (Live)
5:08 album only
5. Way You Do the Things You Do (Live)
5:35 album only
6. Everything I Got Belongs to You (Live)
4:29 album only
7. Still Crazy After All These Years (Live)
3:48 album only
8. My Funny Valentine (Live)
5:24 album only
9. This Guy's in Love with You (Live)
5:06 album only
10. Nobody Does It Better (Live)
6:04 album only


Album Notes
A Romantic Evening with Jackie Evening - Live at the Rococo (Blu Ray and CD combo)

Jackie Allen’s alluring voice and nuanced interpretations breathe fresh life into classic standards, My Funny Valentine and What A Little Moonlight Can Do, and ‘new standards’ from the 1960s and 70s by the likes of Smokey Robinson, Billy Preston, and Marvin Hamlisch. As always, the exquisite quality of Jackie’s voice shines through in her ballads; her interpretations of Paul Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years and Burt Bacharach’s This Guy’s In Love With You are both heartachingly tender, emotionally honest and direct. Lesser known gems round out the set – a twisted rendition of Rodgers and Hart’s humorous Everything I Got Belongs To You, a sublime performance of Latouche and Moross’ Lazy Afternoon, and a gently lilting version of Ellington and Strayhorn’s Day Dream.

Special guest, legendary saxophonist Bob Sheppard (Joni Mitchell, Freddie Hubbard), joins
Jackie’s longtime Chicago based recording band: pianist Ben Lewis (Lt. Dan Band), guitarist John Moulder (Eddie Harris, Donny McCaslin), world percussionist Dane Richeson (Bobby McFerrin, Joe Lovano), and bassist Hans Sturm (Roscoe Mitchell, Stanley Jordan). Mastered in stereo and 5.1 by Simon Heyworth (George Harrison, King Crimson), the audio is spectacular.

In a fearless demonstration of stylistic diversity that cuts across a wide swath of the musical spectrum, Jackie Allen delivers inspiring performances of energetic up-tempo swing, soulful R&B, subtle ballads, and buoyant sambas.

Whether the standard is new or old, Jackie Allen finds a way of immersing herself in the meaning of each song and, by making them her own, they become ours as well.

Enjoy A Romantic Evening with Jackie Allen!

Recent Reviews:

Polished virtuosity… a shimmering paradigm of stylish and sophisticated jazz singing.
(John McDonough, Downbeat Magazine)

Another triumph for Allen!
Allen has always been a chameleonic talent, coloring her voice to become one with the tune. On the opening title track, a serpentine travelogue that draws upon both a voyage through Morocco and The Odyssey, Allen channels the dark exoticism of Eartha Kitt, before diving deep into Big Easy blues for the slithery “NOLA Love Song.” She defines “Steal the Night,” a eulogy to two lost friends inspired by Dylan Thomas, with hymn-like tenderness underscored by the subtlest of otherworldly chills. Conversely, she’s all funky pluck on “Bel Air BBQ,” a sizzling, bop-lined salute to Kansas City. (Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes)

High energy creativity… One of the best albums you will ever hear.
(Dick Metcalf, Contemporary Fusion Review)

Rose Fingered Dawn is a beautiful creative masterpiece.
(Paula Edelstein, Sounds of Timeless Jazz)

Vocalist Jackie Allen reveals a great knowledge about nuance and rhythm… She mixes up deliveries like a veteran closer in the 9th.
(George Harris, JazzWeekly)

Cutting edge… (Chris Spector, Midwest Record)

Jackie gives intelligent and beautifully nuanced readings of the lyrics. Lovely music that will bring lasting pleasure. (Bruce Crowther, Jazz Mostly)

Allen’s alluring voice, possessing a natural vibrato, glimmers. She conveys lyrics and sentiments with effortless aplomb and exquisite timing. (Kevin Lynch, Shepherd Express)

Allen’s vocals cradle the lyrics gingerly. Rose Fingered Dawn is a culmination of her influences and experiences, favoring songs that move audiences emotionally and ultimately, profoundly. (Susan Francis, BlogCritics)

While so many jazz vocalists with her range of gifts and stylistic leanings hone in on a single trademark vibe, veteran Chicagoan Jackie Allen is delightfully all over the map on this set of dynamic originals composed by her husband, bassist Hans Sturm. Most fascinating, her vocal dynamics artfully move from emotionally raw and guttural to soaring with scat and back down to exquisite, gossamer storytelling, sometimes with a literal whisper.
(Jonathan Widran, Music Connection Magazine)



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