My Favorite Color (Avant Bass, 2014) Tenth Overall Recording and First Studio Album in 8 Years Set For Release May 13, 2014
“Her gift is utterly distinctive and even innovative…a masterpiece. It’s revelatory and sounds effortless.” Billboard
Long known for the enticing smoky quality of her voice and the natural sincerity of her interpretations, jazz vocalist Jackie Allen releases her tenth CD MY FAVORITE COLOR, May 13, 2014. This marks the long anticipated follow- up studio album to her 2006 Blue Note highly-acclaimed recording Tangled.
My Favorite Color features two originals and eight standards, reaching from the thirties into the seventies. Harold Arlen and Truman Capote’s “Sleepin’ Bee” swings on tiptoe, replete with its verse and a perfectly melodic Ben Lewis piano solo. An organ and horn infused romp propels Joe Zawinul’s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” into a hip soul frenzy. Jackie’s arrangement of Gershwin’s “My Man’s Gone Now” is reimagined as a dramatic modal voyage, featuring an eloquent bowed bass solo by Hans Sturm and a stirring John Moulder electric guitar solo. In classic ballad style, Oscar Levant and Mark Heyman’s “Blame It On My Youth” opens with a goregous extended acoustic guitar introduction that folds gently into Jackie’s profoundly sincere and wistful reading. Hendrix’ “Manic Depression” conjures up Bitches Brew with a Miles-esque muted horn solo by Tito Carillo jousting with Ben Lewis’ organ jabs and Jackie’s Dante’s Inferno scatting.
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“Jackie does more than sing the words… Allen crawls inside a lyric and gets
comfortable. My Favorite Color is stunning! 5 stars.” Brent Black, Critical
“This is a good-to-be-alive set that shimmers, bubbles, and spreads the good
vibes from a bottomless well.” Chris Spector, Midwest Record
…There's only one way to describe it: Wow! -Christopher Louden, Jazz
A model of lustrous tone and clear headed energy, then waxes
blue...exercising the fine art of understatement. -Josef Woodward, Down
Her gift is utterly distinctive and even innovative, since there isn't another
singer out there who phrases like her..
Willing to teach
Taught at many schools and colleges including:
Roosevelt University (currently)
Old Town School of Folk Music
Bloom School of Jazz
Available by appointment
Jackie is available for a variety of clinics including:
Learning Jazz Standards
Arranging Your Tunes with a Band
Jazz Vocal Masterclasses
Jackie has given masterclasses at universities, festivals, and conferences in the
US, Europe, and Asia.