JD ALLEN

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Ra­dio Flyer

Sa­vant

The ex­tent to which purely in­stru­men­tal mu­sic can be “po­lit­i­cal” is de­bat­able, but there is no doubt that cer­tain echoes of the zeit­geist may be heard in the im­pas­sioned, right­eous out­pour­ings of the gen­er­a­tion that played through the civil rights era in the US. Detroit sax­o­phon­ist JD Allen sum­mons the spir­its of those lions of mod­ernist sax­o­phone play­ing – John Coltrane, Or­nette Cole­man, John Gil­more and oth­ers – to frame his re­sponse to our own era of cri­sis and doubt. The re­sult, Allen’s sixth re­lease for the Sa­vant la­bel, is a bravura dis­play of im­pro­vi­sa­tional courage and in­ven­tive­ness – with im­pec­ca­ble sup­port from gui­tarist Lib­erty Ell­man, bassist Gregg Au­gust and drum­mer Rudy Roys­ton – that draws a clear line, mu­si­cally and ide­o­log­i­cally, be­tween the present and the past. jaz­zde­pot.com

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