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Harry Allen

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: October 12, 1966    

Harry Allen

Gene Lees writes, “Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, 'My technique, Al Cohn's ideas, and Zoot's time.' The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in thirty-year-old Harry Allen.”

BMG recording artist Harry Allen has over twenty recordings to his name. Three of Harry's CDs have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan's Swing Journal Magazine, and his CD Tenors Anyone? won both the Gold Disc Award and the New Star Award. His recordings have made the top ten list for favorite new releases in Swing Journal Magazine's reader's poll and Jazz Journal International's critic's poll for 1997, and Eu Nao Quero Dancar (I Won't Dance), the third Gold Disc Award winner, was voted second for album of the year for 1998 by Swing Journal Magazine‚s reader‚s poll....
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”Rhythmic edge and endless flow of ideas...a first division tenor player” --Martin Gayford, The Daily Telegraph

“Rich and Satisfying when he's balladeering, mind blowing when he's cooking” --Martin Richards, Jazz Journal

“a practitioner of such dense talent he sounds as if he invented tenor saxophone performance instead of Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Allen is the Frank Sinatra of the tenor saxophone: a master interpreter of standards” --C. Michael Bailey

“...his tremendous tenor sax playing...endlessly inventive and with a flood of original ideas...his tone and execution are always superb” --Eddie Cook, Jazz Journal

“Harry Allen'splaying is nothing less than perfect” --John Pizzarelli

“Harry Allen is fantastic. He plays both modern and yet in the grand tradition” --Steve Allen

  • ‘Round Midnight

    Challenge Records
    2013
  • ‘Round Midnight

    Challenge Records
    2012
  • Rhythm on the River

    Challenge Records
    2011
  • New York State of Mind

    Challenge Records
    2010
  • The Harry Allen-Joe Cohn Quartet Plays Music From South Pacific

    Arbors Records
    2009
  • Stompin' The Blues

    Arbors Records
    2008
  • Cocktails For Two

    Sackville
    2007
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‘Round Midnight
Challenge Records (2013)

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