SSC1225 2009-06-16

Track List

Sonhouse - 4:08
Conjuration Of Angles - 3:42
Marco Polo - 3:54
Shine! - 3:14
The Laughing Bell - 3:13
East Boogie(Kolby's Theme) - 4:38
Ephraim - 4:29
Angel - 5:10
Teo (Ted's Theme) - 5:12
Se'Lah - 4:02
Variation - 2:03
Esre! - 2:31


JD Allen - saxophone
Gregg August - acoustic bass
Rudy Royston - drums

"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."


Nate Chinen's review of JD's Village Vanguard debut in August 2009.

Nate Chinen, The New York Times - August 2009 read the full article

David Adler's show preview for JD's August 2009 run at the Village Vanguard.

David Adler, Time Out New York - August 2009 read the full article

Michael Jackson's review in the October 2009 DownBeat!

Michael Jackson, DOWNBEAT - October 2009 read the full article

Steve Greenlee reviews Shine! for JazzTimes October 2009!

Steve Greenlee, JazzTimes - October 2009 read the full article

Great gig preview in the Wall Street Journal for July 2010.

Will Friedwald, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - July 2010 read the full article