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Guitarist Duane Allen opens Yin-Yang with that time-tested standard, Cole Porter's "Night and Day," sounding very traditional in the beginning, with a nice Wes Montgomery-like sting on his notes. Nice enough, and it had me fooled for a minute, thinking we were going into ho-hum territory; but things really get interesting when the band veers away from the straight melody with an inventive and extended variation-on-the-theme interlude. Spirited playing, aided by bassist John Crooks and drummer Joe Schleicter. Allen's approach has a smooth flow and consistent shimmer; and Schleicher's bump-and-shuffle percussionhe reminds me of Henry Wirht, of the Either Orchestraserves as a perfect punctuating counterpoint for the guitarist's sound.
The feeling of the set is boppish on Wayne Shorter's "Black Nile," and rock-like onthis listener's highlightAllen's original song "Space Station," where his guitar sound goes nicely crunchy, with ominous undertones. The title tune, another Allen original, has a bittersweet feel, on acoustic guitar.
Allen also includes two late-sixties rock songs, the Doors' "Crystal Ships" and the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood," fitting them nicely into the jazz atmosphere.
An interesting new guitarist, leading an in-synch group that really cooks.
The best show I ever attended was going with my father to see Dizzy Gillespie play at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Dizzy was a man full of charisma and play. He managed to get four different sections of the audience to sing four different vocal parts in one song
The best show I ever attended was going with my father to see Dizzy Gillespie play at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Dizzy was a man full of charisma and play. He managed to get four different sections of the audience to sing four different vocal parts in one song. He captured everyone's attention and got us all up on our feet dancing alongside him to this incredible music we call jazz.