Jd Allen: Grace
Catalog: SCD 2130
1 Mass - 5:14 2 Load Star - 5:03 3 Chagall - 5:49 4 Luke Sky Walker - 5:40 5 Grace - 5:07 6 Detroit - 3:06 7 Cross Damon - 6:11 8 Pole STar - 3:36 9 Papillion 1973 - 5:23 10 Selah (My Refuge) - 5:59 11 The Little Dipper - 5:03
With its dexterous solos, melodic tapestries, imaginative textures and complex rhythms, JD Allen's extraordinary Grace sculpts a musical monument to his creative spirit. Each of the album's eleven compositions resonates with the clarity of an artist who has reached a clear turning point. It is no wonder that Allen's latest work has received a flood of critical attention including a nomination along with Sonny Rollins for Tenor Saxophonist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association. Far from new to the jazz world, Allen has been a stalwart of the New York scene for more than a decade, lending his astute playing to a string of headline jazz names, from Betty Carter to Cindy Blackman. Joined here by pianist Eldar Djangirov, bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Jonathan Barber, Allen explores new territory with works that challenge preconceptions and expand the expressive potential of jazz composition.