Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Cities between Us/allegra Levy

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Cities between Us/allegra Levy

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* CITIES BETWEEN US/ALLEGRA LEVY (Steeplechase SSCD 31827) Allegra Levy (v) acc. by Kirk Knuffke (c), Stephen Riley (ts), Carmen Staaf (p, arr), Jay Anderson (b), Billy Drummond (d), John McNeil (arr). Unknown location, February 2016. Cherry Blossom Song/Lullaby of the Orient/I Shouldn't Tell You/Misery Makes the Music/Yesterdays/ Dear Friend/Sleepwalk with Me (In Sek Tong Tsui)/ Soy Califa/Leaving Today/Down Sunday/Cities Between Us (TT 63:41)

Vocalist/arranger Allegra Levy is in her late twenties, works out of New York, although she completed a year's gig in Hong Kong which attests to her success in becoming one of our promising young jazz voices. Her voice is described as "rich tones leaning to the lower register," "sultry," "distinctive and unadorned," "mezzo-soprano on the soft and misty side," and Ben Ratliff of The New York Times called her "fresh, exotic and far beyond the ordinary." All of the musicians supporting Levy are outstanding - classical trained pianist Carmen Staaf is particularly impressive. She was the winner of the Kennedy Center's 2009 Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Competition and went on to perform all over the country and overseas, playing with many jazz luminaries and appearing solo and as a leader of trios and sextets in varied jazz venues. And cornetist Kirk Knuffke was the winner of DownBeat's rising star critics poll of 2015. Working with leading jazz groups and leading his own groups, Knuffke is "one of New York's busiest musicians. …

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