JD Allen Trio -[|]- VICTORY! -(MP3)- [Sunnyside Records, 2011]
Following the four critically-acclaimed albums, IN SEARCH OF, PHAROAH S CHILDREN, I AM-I AM and SHINE!, Sunnyside Records is releasing The JD Allen Trio’s latest endeavor, VICTORY!, on May 17, 2011 his third for the label with his longstanding trio. The album also includes a documentary film short by director Mario Lathan. The film plays an integral part of the recapitulation in the loosely-based sonata form and should be considered the final track of the album.
VICTORY! promises to solidify Allen’s reputation as one of jazz’s most dynamic and inspiring tunesmiths. Transcending a dissolute early life to create some of his era’s most memorable music, Allen has made much of his signature, melodic “jukebox jazz” in a trio setting, including week long stands at The Village Vanguard. Those gigs – one of them simulcast on NPR – and also this album feature Allen’s high-octane rhythm section, bassist Gregg August and drummer Rudy Royston. Continue reading