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  • Jonathan Widran

JACKIE ALLEN, Rose Fingered Dawn

While so many jazz vocalists with her range of gifts and stylistic leanings hone in on a single trademark vibe, veteran Chicagoan Jackie Allen is delightfully all over the map on this set of dynamic originals composed by her husband, bassist Hans Sturm. Launching the set with the title track, an exotic, spoken word venture to Morocco, Allen digs in on some deep New Orleans blues, Kansas City jazz, a playful gospel romp and jazzy songs with rock edges. Most fascinating are her vocal dynamics, which artfully move from emotionally raw and guttural to soaring with scat and back down to exquisite, gossamer storytelling, sometimes with a literal whisper.

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