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JD ALLEN (Tenor Saxophonist) / Press

“ JD Allen Trio, “Victory!” (Sunnyside): Like a long-simmering sauce that’s been reduced to its most potent essence, this 12-track, 37-minute album from the saxophonist doesn’t waste a note or single breath, often recalling the classic sound and spirit of past giants such as John Coltrane while still marching forward with a razor-edged melodic focus.”


“Jazz’s top albums of 2011 “Victory!’’ If saxophonist JD Allen has a guiding principle, it is this: Get in and get out. His trio’s tunes are short and snappy; they run two, three, four minutes apiece. And they make every explosive second count”


“My favorite albums of 2011 J.D. Allen Trio, Victory (Sunnyside) The third album tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen has made with bassist Gregg August and drummer Rudy Royston arguably establishes them as the best jazz-oriented sax trio going. Allen's consistently attractive themes and focused improvisations gracefully connect the early-60s sound of Rollins and Coltrane to the present, with crisp, in-the-pocket rhythmic support that never gets fussy. This is one of those bands that reminds you why you got into jazz in the first place”


“ “The saxophonist warms the aesthetic of his trio with firm lines, clean articulation and focussed rhythms””


“The Top 50 Releases of 2011 7. JD ALLEN TRIO Victory! (Sunnyside) “Similar to Allen’s previous two albums, Victory! focuses on the saxophonist’s etude-like compositions and on the astonishing accord he’s forged with drummer Rudy Royston and bassist Gregg August. But Victory! is also Allen’s most relaxed-sounding effort yet, with 12 pieces that deliberately take on the form of a sonata suite in three movements: exposition, development and recapitulation.” J.M.”


“JD Allen Trio, "Mr. Steepy" “Sixteen bars, short-and-sweet. Just saxophone, bass and drums making swing go H.A.M.”

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