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Pharoah's Children

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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
J.D. Allen's sophomore release features Orrin Evans on piano, Eric Revis on bass, and Gene Jackson on drums, with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt joining on three cuts. Listeners get a generous helping of original compositions -- ten in all, along with a playful closing piece by Revis called "Question." Allen's tenor style can come so close to Blue Note-era Wayne Shorter as to be downright startling, but his writing shows signs of a refreshing originality. At his best, he can conjure moods of subtle and even breathtaking mystery, as on the rubato pieces "Queen Elisabeth" and "Pharoah's Children" or the dark, oddly constructed ballads "The Annex" and "House of Eugene." He also ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
J.D. Allen's sophomore release features Orrin Evans on piano, Eric Revis on bass, and Gene Jackson on drums, with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt joining on three cuts. Listeners get a generous helping of original compositions -- ten in all, along with a playful closing piece by Revis called "Question." Allen's tenor style can come so close to Blue Note-era Wayne Shorter as to be downright startling, but his writing shows signs of a refreshing originality. At his best, he can conjure moods of subtle and even breathtaking mystery, as on the rubato pieces "Queen Elisabeth" and "Pharoah's Children" or the dark, oddly constructed ballads "The Annex" and "House of Eugene." He also leads the band into free territory on "So Get Rid of the Midgets and Send in the Giants," and swings with gusto on tunes like "Action Jackson," "The Bitter Pill," and the opening "Our Man Revis." There's no mistaking Allen's immersion in the more adventurous side of '60s Blue Note, but he's clearly beginning to make significant, up-to-date statements of his own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2002
  • Label: Criss Cross
  • EAN: 8712474122127
  • Catalog Number: 1221
  • Sales rank: 364,046

Album Credits

Performance Credits
J.D. Allen Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Gene Jackson Drums
Orrin Evans Piano
Eric Revis Bass
Jeremy Pelt Trumpet
Technical Credits
Gerry Teekens Producer, Cover Design
Max Bolleman Engineer
Ted Panken Liner Notes
H. Bloemendaal Cover Design
K. Hasselpflug Executive Producer
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