“Allen’s band was brought in to play with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, and the list of arrangers that made these tunes come to life reads like a Who’s Who of modern big band arranging. Mark Buselli, John Clayton and Bill Cunliffe, among others, wrote charts for the event, and the talent in the writing and arranging here is evident immediately. The bossa novas are a good place to start. The arrangements, the playing and the delicacy with which they are handled is simply amazing. So Many Stars sets the tone for this disc beautifully. Kocour, Sturm, Moulder and Richeson are a beautiful rhythm section, and the strings are an ideal complement. Jackie Allen rides the strings and quartet effectively and it sets up the rest of the disc perfectly. One of the real gems on Starry Night is the somewhat obscure Jobim composition, If You Never Come To Me. Allen sings the verse in Portuguese—it’s unexpected and sets it apart, not only from everything else on the record, but also from most other interpretations of the song.” Chicago Jazz Magazine

“On her Blue Note debut (and eighth recording overall), vocalist Jackie Allen stretches her already crossover approach to where the seams show. Thank God. She is a fine jazz singer and has a way with ballads and standards that is her own to be sure -- and she records a couple of them here -- but her gift with more pop-oriented material is utterly distinctive and even innovative, since there isn't another singer out there who phrases like her.” All Music Guide

“Jackie Allen’s latest release, "Love is Blue", is the rarest of combinations. It satisfies tastes for artistry, familiarity, jazz, pop, blues, hope, sultriness and playfulness all at the same time. Ms. Allen’s voice is a chameleon; able to not only elicit memories of Joni Mitchell and Billie Holiday, but also reference modern singers such as Norah Jones, Jewel, and Annie Lennox. Love Is Blue could be as close as it gets to a flawless album.”

“Allen, whose candlelit coziness masks remarkable vocal power and dexterity, suggests Jeri Southern with a soupcon of Cyndi Lauper and a dollop of Eartha Kitt. Nodding to Paul Simon with a lilting "Still Crazy After All These Years," she segues into a buttery "Come Fly With Me," reworked as a sparkling samba, that swaps Sinatra's finger-poppin' swagger for winking suggestiveness. Antonio Carlos Jobim is saluted with a velvety "Dindi," James Taylor's "Mexico" wallows in sun-drenched laziness, Sting's "Tea in the Sahara" escalates from prayerlike solemnity to scorching fervor and Billy Eckstine is honored with a haunted interpretation of "Fools Rush In" that adds a bracing chill to Johnny Mercer's boldly optimistic lyric.” Jazz Times

“This talented duo's experiments in combining improvisational material and well-known songs yield strikingly original results. Both Allen and Sturm contribute imaginative 'spontaneous arrangement' in You Stepped Out of a Dream and Admit It, while Allen's atmospheric vocal beginning above bass ostinato in Green Dolphin Street, her beautiful vocal ghosting of the bass ostinato in Dindi, and Sturm's brilliant and effective bass playing in Love Comes and Goes and Round Midnight make for exhilarating listening. But my highlight is I want to be happy, which Allen swings splendidly to Sturm's percussive backing or vigorous bass line.” The Double Bassist

"In a sudden turn of events, Chicago singer Jackie Allen found herself recording her second album in Los Angeles with seasoned pros she didn't know. The change in scenery and sound served her well - as did the five years since her locally made debut. Asserting her sophisticated musicianship, she comes across as a more fully rounded singer - one who seems incapable of a cliche. Responding to soulful solos by ex-Chicago tenorist Red Holloway and altoist Gary Foster, Allen is breezy but lyrically grounded on the uptempo cuts - her scatting on "My Romance" has uncommon depth. And the ballads - of which Billy Strayhorn's "Day Dream" is a highlight with its wistful, time-shifting, insouciant qualities - have real emotional body." Chicago Sun Times

“For piano/vocal duos to work well, there not only has to be a synergy between the performers, but also a feel for each other that can't be adequately expressed, except you know when it's there and when it's not. This special relationship between the two is in place for this album, and is demonstrated track after track. On a torch song like You Don't Know, the sassy piano and the cheeky vocals are almost one, with an in-your-eye coda that's an accentuated ending to a fine album. One of the more compelling tracks is the Thelonious Monk medley, which Roberts opens with a sonata-like Mysterioso before Allen comes in to give a personal expression to Bernie Hanighen's lyrics to Round Midnight. This track is a heart stopper.” All Music Guide

Music for a Cool Yule: Top 10 Classic Holiday Discs - “The current edition of the disc is a “collector’s edition” with six additional tracks, including two different songs titled Snowbound. This album is a delight from beginning to end. Get yourself a copy.” Jazz History Online

Never Let Me Go was Jackie’s first release in 1994 on the Lake Shore label. It charted in the top 20 of the Gavin Charts for 13 weeks. An auspicious debut.