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Kris Allen

Kris Allen is an American saxophonist, composer, educator and Recording Artist His latest release, Beloved, is his second album for the Truth Revolution Recording Collective. In the company of his working band Allen calls upon the musical languages of not only his mentor Jackie McLean, but also notably Young, Parker, Mingus, Ellington, Powell, Rollins, Coltrane, Coleman and Kirkland to spin a unique sound narrative. “Allen, in this triumphant follow-up release to his acclaimed debut disc, Circle House, for all of his fluency in the language of jazz and deep knowledge of the music’s modern masters, is very much his own man with his own creative voice.”- WNPR.org Allen’s working quartet, with tenor saxophonist Frank Kozyra, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Jonathan Barber, has been praised by Jazziz Magazine as “today’s saxophone dream band,” and Downbeat Magazine described Beloved as “one of the better new releases to come out this year…..locating the profound within the familiar” For more reviews of Beloved please see Press. Kris has enjoyed a long career as a sought-after sideman, working in the groups of Illinois Jacquet, Gerald Wilson, Andy Gonzales, Jimmy Greene, Helen Sung, Winard Harper, Andy Laverne, the Mingus Dynasty, Avery Sharpe, Andy Jaffe, Earl Macdonald, Noah Baerman, Jen Allen, Ike Sturm, Gary Smulyan, Jazzmeia Horn, Rogerio Boccato, Kendrick Oliver’s New Life Orchestra, the Curtis Brothers, Jonathan Barber and Mario Pavone among others

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A Year And A Day

Label: Dwonz
Released: 2022
Track listing: Souls on Ice 2:49 Solution Searcher 4:24 Peaceful World 5:00 Room to Dream 6:42 Passage 6:30 Concord Drive 6:07 Afro Blue 5:24 Old English 6:32 A Year and a Day 7:05 Blues for Donny 4:24 Sun Breeze 6:13 Afterthought 7:38 Be Strong Carry On 4:54

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Jazz Master Sheila Jordan Celebrates Another Solar Journey

Read "New Releases Plus Jazz Master Sheila Jordan Celebrates Another Solar Journey" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from from Kate Hamann, Vanessa Racci, Sam Taylor, The Ostara Project, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Kris Allen, plus a new single from Abbie Finn, with birthday shoutouts to lyricist Marilyn Bergman, Jazz Master Sheila Jordan, Cynthia Hilts, Nioka Workman, Cindy Blackman, Marianne Solivan, Jen Hodge and Johnny Mercer among others. Thanks for ...

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Song of the Day

Peaceful World

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Label: Dwonz
Released: 2022
Duration: 5:00

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Consecrated

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Be Still My Soul; O God of Love, Grant Us Your Peace; Sweet Hour of Prayer; Holy, Holy, Holy; By Our Love; Be Still Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated; The Love of God; Be Thou My Vision; In His Holy Temple.

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Song of the Day

Be Still, My Soul

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Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Duration: 05:32

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Song of the Day

Easy Peasey

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Label: Next Level
Released: 2019
Duration: 04:52

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Sifting Grace

Label: Next Level
Released: 2019
Track listing: Begin Again; Blanket Statement; Climbing Ivy; Easy Peasey ; Kurinji; Prickly Pear; Sifting Grace.

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Article: Album Review

Earl MacDonald: Open Borders

Read "Open Borders" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Open Borders brings to the fore Canadian-born pianist Earl MacDonald's burnished tentet in a program that consists of eleven sunlit and swinging themes, five of which were composed by the leader. Besides writing, MacDonald did most of the arranging, and he excels in both arenas, as he does on piano (most notably on the standards “Blame ...

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Open Borders

Label: Death Defying Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Dig In Buddy; Sordid Sort Of Fellow; Mirror Mind; Appointment In Ghana; Miles Apart; Hit The Road Jack; Smoke And Mirrors; Catch Of The Day; Blame It On My Youth; Dolphy Dance; East Of The Sun.


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