More and more, saxophonist JD Allen evokes memories of the great improviser Thelonious Monk.
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Friday, May 4
Miles Davis' classic Second Quintet lasted just four years. John Coltrane's great quartet lasted three. No matter how magical a jazz band's chemistry, it's hard to hold together that group of varying personalities, egos, and visions. So it says something that the magnificent trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and his quintet have stayed together five [...]
Music festivals tend to be backloaded, primarily to keep people coming back for more, but as a nice side effect it keeps the most happening stuff fresh for critics who do post-festival wrap-ups. Thus this writer is basking in the afterglow of last night's smash "A Night in Treme"—maybe the first time an event at [...]
Last December, D.C. jazz advocacy project CapitalBop graduated from mere website to concert promoter with its D.C. Jazz Loft, a decidedly non-virtual gathering of musicians for performances at the Red Door loft. Now, it's carrying that aspect a step farther, partnering with the D.C. Jazz Festival to present a full series of Jazz Loft performances [...]
One of the most ecstatic recordings of last year was Shine!, by the young tenor saxophonist JD Allen and his trio. In the lineage of sax trios, Allen and his men (bassist Gregg August, drummer Rudy Royston) have more in common with Ornette Coleman than Sonny Rollins: Allen is rich in melody, but unafraid [...]