C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz


Youthful enthusiasm characterizes New York state-native Kristina Koller‘s debut recording Perception. The specs for this auspicious debut include an even dozen selections: eight standards and four originals. This far, Perception begins like a legion of well-intentioned releases by young artists. But, Koller’s offering takes a hard turn from the conventional wisdom in her brave and bold arrangements that turn the Great American Songbook on its ear. In doing this, Koller, smooths the surface of the project to perfectly integrate her own originals. Koller compares favorably with New York City cum NOLA vocalist/composer Sasha Masakowski in the respect that both young artists are firebrand re-framers of the standard jazz repertoire.

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