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Harry Allen

Label: Challenge Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917325829
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Catalog number: CR 73258
Releasedate: 10-05-07
"Harry Allen's playing is nothing less than perfect" according to John Pizzarelli and that is also very true for this new and outstanding release of Allen on Challenge Records!
  • Well-known traditionalist in the manner of Scott Hamilton, he is best known for his work with John Colianni, Keith Ingham, John Pizzarelli and Bucky Pizzarelli
  • Allen has beenone of the finest exponents of swing tenor alive today
  • Described by C. Michael Bailey as "the 'Frank Sinatra' of the tenor saxophone: a master interpreter of standards"
This album is perhaps Harry Allen's best yet and teams him with some other young Americans: bassist Joel Forbes, guitarist Joe Cohn, son of Al, drummer Chuck Riggs, and on four cuts, trombonist John Allred, whose father Bill is a known virtuoso on the same instrument. They perform a fine collection of tunes from the era of the great British Swing Bands by Ray Noble and others.
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 Harry Allen."

Swing Bros. recording artist Harry Allen has over thirty 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.  The Harry Allen - Joe Cohn Quartet won the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Jazz Combo Performance of 2006 and was nominated for Best Jazz Combo by the Jazz Journalists Association for the same year.

Harry has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently touring the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gus Johnson, Jeff Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Warren Vache, and has recorded with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Barron, Dave McKenna, Dori Caymmi, Larry Goldings, George Mraz, Jake Hanna, and Al Foster, among others.

Harry is featured on many of John Pizzarelli's recordings including the soundtrack and an on-screen cameo in the feature film The Out of Towners starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. He has also done a series of commercials for ESPN starring Robert Goulet.

Harry was born in Washington D.C. in 1966, and was raised in Los Angeles, CA and Burrillville, RI. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music in 1988 from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and currently resides in New York City.