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Eddie Allen: Push

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Seasoned trumpeter, composer and educator Eddie Allen's highly awaited Push is a mix of mainstream jazz with generous sprinklings of urban flavors and reggae thrown into the mix. Allen and the excellent group of musicians he assembled for this release is simply riveting, with pure jazz and catchy flowing rhythms from start to finish. Allen states that the goal of this project was simply to create some good, “fun to listen to music." The album opens with the hip, up-tempo “Nakia," on which Allen quickly shines through with a clean-breaking trumpet solo followed by Keith Loftie on ...

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The Aggregation, Under the Direction of Eddie Allen: Groove's Mood

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Trumpeter, composer, educator and band leader Eddie Allen is a very busy New York artist currently leading a quartet, quintet, a Latin/Brazilian group and the seventeen-piece big band, The Aggregation, the latter debuting with Groove's Mood. Allen which claims to have one goal: “To have the listener in a finger-snappin,' head bobbin,' toe-tappin,' feel good mood from beginning to end." With ten pieces of blues, samba, and shuffle to ballad, spiritual and R& B classics, including instrumentals as well as vocal performances, Groove's Mood succeeds quite well in achieving that objective.

The music starts swinging with the brassy ...

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Music: The Universal Language

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By Eddie Allen One of the most common phrases concerning music used by musicians and non-musicians alike is “Music is the universal language." But what does that really mean to people? When asked, for the most part the non-musician might say, “You can listen to any kind of music and appreciate it." The musician might say, “You can walk into a musical situation and sit in with musicians from other countries, races or cultures." At any rate, if that's the case, why is it that the average musician can't talk to the average person about music without making ...

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Salongo: Salongo

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Sãlongo is a combo with a three horn front line that is dedicated to playing Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music and whose name translates loosely from a Zairian expression, “we come together to create something beautiful out of love." Although the front line players are not natives of either of these parts of the world, the rhythm section does indeed come from both Central and South America.

Sãlongo is the creation of trumpeter, composer, and arranger, Eddie Allen who also goes under the aliases of “E.J. Allen" as well as “E.J. Eddie Allen." But all three are the same ...



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