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Karrin Allyson: Songs Of Heartbreak

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Karrin Allyson: Songs Of Heartbreak

Karrin Allyson: Songs Of Heartbreak

Karrin Allyson: Songs Of Heartbreak

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Session Spotlight: Karrin Allyson Performs 'Smile'

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"April Come She Will"

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"Turn Out The Stars"

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The first song vocalist and pianist Karrin Allyson performed in this KPLU studio session was Paul Simon's April Come She Will, from her new heartbreak-themed album, Round Midnight. When she finished the song, she told interviewer Dick Stein that "choosing the material [for the CD] was challenging because, yes, they are heartbreak tunes, but there's always a tinge of hope." It's that tinge of hope that makes the cumulative effect of Round Midnight uplifting.

Allyson, accompanied by guitarist Rod Fleeman, also performed Bill Evans' Turn Out the Stars and Charlie Chaplin's Smile. Between songs, she discussed the craft of songwriting and the relationship between acting and singing. It's a lovely set of songs from one of the world's finest jazz singers — and one of our all-time favorite studio guests.

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