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  • Audio CD (June 16, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Sunny Side Records
  • ASIN: B00274SI0Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The notion of jazz music being equal measures of construction and deconstruction of musical elements is well heeded. Development of a compatible group of musicians and the assembly of the harmonic and melodic elements to create a tune are both important examples of construction in jazz. Deconstruction can be just as stimulating by subverting elements at will and allowing the musicians the freedom to express themselves without a script. Saxophonist JD Allen has done his best to bridge the gap between the two on his new recording Shine! He has done so by taking his crack trio, featuring bassist Gregg August and drummer Rudy Royston, through the paces on not only his well-constructed compositions but also through more open improvisatory passages. Allen s penchant for melody comes through in his compositions and improvisations no matter how far off the beaten path. The trio navigates the music with aplomb and makes Shine! a fantastic addition to JD Allen s growing discography.


Tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen seems like a man out of time. His sensibility is right out of the heyday of '50s and '60s bop. His confident, intense style, and his trio with bassist Gregg August and drummer Rudy Royston will - and - should inspire comparisons to Sonny Rollins' groups. Yet despite all this, Allen's approach feels thoroughly modern and fresh. Why? Well, because no one else is doing this today. Above all else, Allen economizes. The songs on Shine!, his trio's second album for Sunnyside, run two to five minutes. Every bar is precious; every note counts.

The 36-year-old plays with the adventure-some spirit of a free-jazzer but the melodic and rhythmic grounding of a bebopper. On tunes like the openers "Esre!" and "Sonhouse," vigorous workouts that segue into each other, the trio's elastic nature evinces itself. Tunes are built on simple melodic underpinnings, but the music is anything but simple. For one thing, no one keeps the time - August and Royston are improvising as much as Allen. In fact, the drummer may be improvising most of all, because we rarely hear the actual rhythm; instead, we feel it below the surface, as each member of the trio surely does. They do this to varying degrees; Royston's drums swing gently , while August patiently builds a bass solo. The rhythm of "Teo," on the other hand, is completely untethered, while more traditional patterns reemerge on "Variation," the two-minute slice of bebop that closes the disc.
- Steve Greenlee --JazzTimes - Oct. 2009

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rwsandqmi on March 3, 2010
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Heard this power trio live at Bohemian Caverns in DC last weekend. In short, they were unique, powerful, proficient, mesmerizing. Think Coltrane, Garrison and Jones. Buy them. See them. No one else alive does it similar. No one else ever may have done it better.
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By RADIO FREE CHIP on August 28, 2011
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If there is a better tenor-bass-drums combo out there, I haven't heard it.

Every note means something, and as intense as things can get, this trio never abdicates form and substance in the name of hip cliches and empty frenetic gestures.

Simply put, every track is singing and swinging.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Howard Megdal on September 26, 2009
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HOWARD MEGDAL: At the risk of being too self-referential, this is where differing perspectives of Perpetual Post really helps. While Akie clearly delineates the musical journey in Shine!, I was unable to follow the threads. Akie's got the background to do it- I do not.

AKIE BERMISS: I readily admit that a week ago I did not have the slightest clue who J.D. Allen was. I bought the album purely on the strength of Howard's suggestion that we review it. And I'm eternally grateful. The piano-less saxophone trio is something of a dying art-form where jazz records are concerned. But with the J. D. Allen trio is it alive and kicking.
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