Allen's assertive tone and the openness of his orchestration maintain a distinct, focused directionality on each track. "Son House," "Marco Polo" and "Variation" call to mind the entire tradition of sax/bass/drums trios, from Sonny Rollins to Steve Lacy to David Murray. The Ornette Coleman-inspired "East Boogie" expands and flows freely, without compromising the integrity of the time-feel and clear tonal center set up by the head. August's wonderful tone is most evident on "Set'lah" and "Teo (Ted's Theme)" and Royston's contributions flow with intensity and sensitivity throughout.
No tune on the record strays far past the five-minute mark, the goal being to spread a wide range of moods and colors from one track to the next, rather than packing an array of contrasting ideas into a single extended work. Allen cites the long-lost "juke box mentality" as the precedent for his emphasis on brevity, which not only attests to his reverence for the artists who've influenced him, but also mirrors newer mp3-influenced trends in music. In an era focused on eclecticism and verbose musical demonstrations, Allen's music celebrates the strict path of continuously refining and enriching a vision that is firmly rooted in the tradition of adventurous jazz.
Track Listing: Esre; Sonhouse; Conjuration of Angles; Marco Polo; Shine; The Laughing Bell; East Boogie (Kolby's Theme); Ephraim; Angel; Teo (Ted's Theme); Se'lah; Variation.
I love jazz because I find it to be the best way for a musician to express himself freely. I'm a photographer and I've been playing drums for 30 years, I've been a professional musician for eight years and I like Jazz and Fusion music
I love jazz because I find it to be the best way for a musician to express himself freely. I'm a photographer and I've been playing drums for 30 years, I've been a professional musician for eight years and I like Jazz and Fusion music. In my life I was lucky enough to meet great musicians like Vinnie Colaiuta, Peter Erskine, Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, Horacio el Negro Hernandez, Jojo Mayer, Will Kennedy, Manu Katché, Christian Meyer, Trilok Gurtu, Daniele Sepe, Stefano Bollani, Enzo Avitabile, John Patitucci, Anthony Jackson and many others.