146

Dave Allen: Real And Imagined

Budd Kopman By

Sign in to view read count
Dave Allen: Real And Imagined With Real And Imagined, guitarist Dave Allen has solidified a style that was first presented with his debut album, Untold Stories (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2005).

This is music that is very hip. Pulsating rhythms, odd meters and phrase lengths, and subtly shifting harmonies are played with a cool guitar tone that belies the driving, unpredictable lines. Allen's effortless technique downplays the apparent complexity, paradoxically creating a cool surface sheen that has a white heat glowing beneath it.

The band is mostly intact from Untold Stories, knows what Allen's music is about and consistently delivers. Tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, who played on five on the nine tracks on the previous record, is now fully integrated into the music and provides a prism through which we hear Allen's melodies and lines from a differing angle. Bassist Drew Gress, a strong, and edgier, composer and band leader in his own right (see Irrational Numbers (Premonition, 2007)), replaces Carlo DeRosa and adds some low-register heat of his own. The ubiquitous drummer Mark Ferber returns, easily handling everything Allen throws at him, pushing the band with a deft touch.

Allen has found a true voice, and his music is now recognizable. While not residing in the avant-garde, it is not mainstream either. Although the music is readily accessible, Allen's melodies and arrangements are not simplistic and continually tug at the edges of the mind, pulling it this way and that, without ever losing balance.

The music's sensitivity does not overwhelm its drive and energy, but rather gives it the sense of controlled passion which is the source of the heat that is felt throughout.

The yin and yang of Real And Imagined, epitomized by the title tune and the closing burner "Untold Stories," demonstrates the tension that is felt within an atmosphere of balance and control. The complexity that is pulled off with such ease combines to produce music that seduces both the body and mind—again and again.

Track Listing: Slipping Glimpser; Always Beginning; Musing; Mantra; Real and Imagined; Intimate intricate Distance; Perpetuum Mobile; Playground (Part 1); Untold Story.

Personnel: Dave Allen: guitar; Seamus Blake: tenor saxophone; Mark Ferber: drums; Drew Gress: bass.

Title: Real And Imagined | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Hope CD/LP/Track Review Hope
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 21, 2017
Read Day After Day CD/LP/Track Review Day After Day
by John Eyles
Published: July 21, 2017
Read We Know Not What We Do CD/LP/Track Review We Know Not What We Do
by Glenn Astarita
Published: July 21, 2017
Read Slade Alive! CD/LP/Track Review Slade Alive!
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 21, 2017
Read The Better Angels of Our Nature CD/LP/Track Review The Better Angels of Our Nature
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 20, 2017
Read What Brought You Here? CD/LP/Track Review What Brought You Here?
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 20, 2017
Read "Which Craft?" CD/LP/Track Review Which Craft?
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 30, 2016
Read "Hush Point III" CD/LP/Track Review Hush Point III
by Budd Kopman
Published: January 8, 2017
Read "Mata Hati" CD/LP/Track Review Mata Hati
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 10, 2017
Read "Danse" CD/LP/Track Review Danse
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 7, 2017
Read "Wonders" CD/LP/Track Review Wonders
by Mark F. Turner
Published: August 12, 2016
Read "2-Man Jazz Band" CD/LP/Track Review 2-Man Jazz Band
by Budd Kopman
Published: November 27, 2016

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.

Donate!