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By Request: The Best of Karrin Allyson is a 13-track Concord Records collection that offers a remarkable overview of the thrice Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson's 15 year association with the label. Besides her distinctive voice, which, as described by jazz critic Gary Giddins, "brings a timbre that is part ice and part grain...incisive, original, and emotionally convincing," one of the most noteworthy characteristics of Allyson's career is the wide range of material she has explored. "Karrin has expanded the jazz vocal repertoire," says Concord VP Nick Phillips, who cites her ease and authenticity in both French and Portuguese as well as her embrace of the Great American Songbook, roots music, bossa nova, blues and jazz. Karrin returns to Birdland this spring, her cool ease and stylistic diversity providing a perfect segue into the summer season!

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