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MIKE ALLEN-saxophonist. The 39 year-old Kingston Ontario native is profiled in Mark Miller's "Miller Companion To Jazz In Canada", has a Master's degree in Jazz from New York University and was featured in a Globe and Mail article that listed him as one of a half-dozen "Interesting Canadians To Watch". Over his 20-year career he has worked with many well-known jazz artists including trombonist Julian Priester, drummer Donald Bailey, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, saxophonist Gary Bartz, pianist Don Friedman, and multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson. Mike is a longtime member of the Montreal-based guitar legend Sonny Greenwich's group, with whom he recorded two CDs "Standard Idioms" (Kleo) and "Fragments Of A Memory" (Cornerstone)

Just Like Magic

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Big Bertha; Klondike; A Weaver of Dreams; Charlotte; Someone to Watch Over Me; The Man; Miles’ Mode; Metamorphosis; Solitude; Same Old Feeling; Jelly Roll.

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Larry Fuller, Kendrick Scott & More

Read "Larry Fuller, Kendrick Scott & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we open with veteran jazz bassist and long-time educator Dave Zinno with music off his newest CD Stories Told. Then we profile the Iowa-based group Heartland Trio and dig the sounds of the Detroit Tenors. From there, we get into some new jazz from Jeff Pifher, Warren Galea and Jan Geijtenbeek. We look into ...

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Mike Allen: Just Like Magic

Read "Just Like Magic" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Mike Allen is another in an apparently never-ending line of talented saxophonists who seem to emerge, from time to time, from the Canadian provinces to ensnare the hearts and earn the admiration not only of their fellow countrymen but jazz enthusiasts in other climes as well. On Just Like Magic, Allen leads a deft and experienced ...

Change Is

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Released: 2001
Track listing: Love Walked In; The Difference Between Us; Falling From Grace; Love Is A Many Splendored Thing; Your Time Will Come; Donna Maria; One Up Man Ship; At The Mark; Blues Almighty; Streetcar Named Desire.

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Mike Allen: Change Is

Read "Change Is" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Despite a handful of excellent recordings of trios led by giants like Sonny Rollins, Elvin Jones, and Joe Lovano, the saxophone, bass, and drums configuration has not been a particularly successful ensemble within the jazz mainstream. Simply stated, it’s a tough act to pull off for an extended period of time, especially for less experienced musicians. ...


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