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  • Live Blog - JD Allen Trio at J&R Music World

    May 24, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    JD Allen Sign at J&R Music

    LISTEN TO TODAY'S SHOW ON DEMAND.
    WATCH JD ALLEN'S TRIO PLAY "SON HOUSE."

    4:00pm
    We're live from J&R in lower Manhattan, just across the way from City Hall and the Woolworth Building. Tenor saxophonist JD Allen is playing a set of all original compositions. We're celebrating the release of his recording, I AM I AM.

    4:02 First song is called "The Cross and the Crescent Sickle"

    4:07 Very strong association with the sound of John Coltrane, but JD Allen is his own man.

    4:09 Marcus Belgrave and James Carter are influences from Allen's hometown, Detroit. JD in New York for 14 years now.

    4:11 JD - "It's all a movie. I'm just trying to write the soundtrack."

    4:12 An original song called "Pagan."

    4:15 I'm not missing the absence of a piano. Reminds me of Sonny Rollins' great trio recordings from the Village Vanguard.

    4:17 "The North Star"

    4:20 Every great tenor saxophonist deserves an equally adept drummer. This band no exception. JD and drummer Rudy Royston are CONNECTED.

    4:22 But what makes this a special group is that they are ALL listening to each other.

    4:24 The inspiration for this record? Exodus 3:14 - I am that I am.

    4:25 Based his approach on James Carter. Went to high school together. Turned him on to Albert Ayler, Branford Marsalis etc.

    4:27 "Ezekiel." I'm assuming that JD got that one from the Bible, too.

    4:38 That last song is new. Called "Son House," like the amazing blues musician. Earlier today, JD told me that the trio is already playing an entirely new set of trio music. Record to be called "Shine." Then a standards record.

    4:40 Plays with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, Dave Douglas' Don Cherry Project, drummer Cindy Blackman, and bassist Henry Grimes. Nice mix.

    4:49 That song was Freudian - "Id."

    4:50 I just heard some sad news. Organist Jimmy McGriff has died...

    4:52 This final song is "Hajile." That's "Elijah," if you have a mirror...

    4:55 This band so good. An encore, maybe???

    4:56 Encore - "Titus / I Am I Am"

    Thanks for listening! I'll post the audio online later today. Check back in around 8pm ET, and listen again.
    -Josh

  • Village Vanguard - Live Chat

    May 21, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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  • Studio Session - Berklee Blue Note Ensemble

    May 20, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Berklee Blue Note Ensemble

    Whenever you hear young performers from Berklee College of Music, you are hearing the future of music. WBGO presented the Berklee Blue Note Ensemble on Midday Jazz today. For a decade, Berklee students with strong jazz creds make an annual trek to the Blue Note in Note in New York. Bill Pierce has been a Berklee faculty member for more than three decades. He directs the student ensemble. They are:

    Melissa Aldana - saxophone (Santiago, Chile)
    Jeonglim Yang - bass (South Korea)
    Michael Palma - piano (Dallas, Texas)
    Dan Pugach - drums (Raanana, Israel)
    Jeremy Sinclair - trumpet (Dallas, Texas)
    Nadia Washington - vocals (Dallas, Texas)

    Listen to the session. Remember the names.
    -Josh