Jazz Album of the Week: Vocalist Karrin Allyson Lets in Some Of That Sunshine
August 27, 2018. Karrin Allyson has long been known for her on point phrasing, and her impeccable treatment of standards. But here, on her new release Some of That Sunshine, its her originals that are the main attraction, along with some amazing guest artists. Drummer Jeff Jennings makes a cameo on a few tunes, along with violinist Regina Carter, and saxophonist Houston Person.
After hearing over and over that she should keep writing music, Karrin decided to revive works that had been gathering dust for years. Her song “You Don’t Care” is a lovely example.
One day, her late father, Vic Schoonover, handed her a sheet of paper that set the stage for its creation. An inscription at the top said “Words by Vic Schoonover, Music by Karrin Allyson.” Her father was a country music fan, so Karrin composed the melody with that in mind. Regina Carter’s fiddle adds the twang that makes it a beautiful number.
Allyson credits organist, co-writer and co-producer Chris Caswell with making Some of That Sunshine possible. His playing on these unique tunes adds a jazz/blues factor that distinguishes this record from other singer-songwriter offerings so prevalent these days.
Karrin Allyson is a true jazz head. She proves it here by choosing the right foundation to bring her vision to life. Consider Some of that Sunshine an invitation to aficionados, and all of us, to dive into something new.