Karrin Allyson: Something Worth Waiting For (Con Alma)


Something Worth Waiting For (Con Alma)


Karrin Allyson (vocals)


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Karrin Allyson (vocals), Bruce Barth (piano), Peter Washington (bass), Todd Strait (drums).

Music by Dizzy Gillespie with lyrics by Chris Caswell


Recorded: New York, September 24-29, 2005


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

I've always admired Dizzy Gillespie's composition "Con Alma" for its clever chord progression - a good transposing assignment for students -- but its melody bores me with its simple half notes and held whole notes. But Allyson's reconfiguration of this piece into "Something Worth Waiting For," with lyrics by Chris Caswell, was a revelation. I never envisioned that this quirky harmonic exercise was capable of such emotional depths. Some singers are storytellers, others are entertainers, many are just poseurs; but Allyson is a psychologist, probing inside the lyric for the song inside the song. Highly recommended.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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