Allen, J.D. / Grace
Album: Grace   Collection:Jazz
Artist: Allen, J.D.   Added:Jun 2013
Label: Savant Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-06-09 Pull Date: 2013-08-11 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Aug 11 Jul 14 Jul 7 Jun 30 Jun 23 Jun 16
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1 4

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 05, 2013: Rebop
Grace
4. Aug 16, 2013: No Cover, No Minimum
Load Star
2. Aug 22, 2013: Rebop
Selah (My Refuge)
5. Aug 15, 2013: Rebop
Chagall
3. Aug 17, 2013: Music Casserole
Selah (My Refuge)
6. Aug 09, 2013: No Cover, No Minimum
Grace

Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2013-06-09
JD ALLEN: Grace
Savant, 2013

MODERN JAZZ – Tenor saxophonist JD Allen branches out from his usual trio format, adding young phenom Eldar Djangirov on piano. The result is a less harsh but more convoluted version of Allen’s turbulent, oblique sound (Eldar should do more sideman work – he sounds great). Challenging but not scary, dark & amorphous but with strong character.

All good. Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 11

1. 5:15 – relaxed sax/piano dialogue around a melodic fragment; knotty solos
2. 5:03 – dark eddies of rhythm: reaches out, spins in place, finds bop groove
3. 5:50 – great sound in mysterious parallel tempos: melody is a variant of #2
4. 5:41 – lively drums; moves from scattered to purposeful; piano goes high
5. 5:07 – elaborate piano vs. bass pattern; then low and wailing, seeking…
6. 3:06 – anthemic march, rising and reaching: sax brings a bit of blues
7. 6:12 – turbulent drums push ballad melody into fast postbop, roaming solos
8. 3:36 – studio chatter into complex interwoven tune, crossed lines
9. 5:23 – sorrowful edge at first; then striding sax & hard drums, softer piano
10. 6:00 – serene beauty: solo piano sets up a slow, reverent ballad… nice!
11. 5:02 – cold sax/piano interplay in open space: simple bass guides the way

[ Fo ] - 9 June 2013

Track Listing
1. Mass   6. Detroit
2. Load Star   7. Cross Damon
3. Chagall   8. Pole Star
4. Luke Sky Walker   9. Papillon 1973
5. Grace   10. Selah (My Refuge)
  11. The Little Dipper