New York State Of Mind

New York State Of Mind

Harry Allen

Label: Challenge Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917329322
Catalog number: CR 73293
Releasedate: 02-10-09
In a wonderful collection of 13 mostly ballads Henry Allen renders his portrait of New York and inevitably reminds us of the master of ballad Ben Webster in an all positive way. 
  • 13 splendid portraits of New York, mostly ballads
  • Allens tenorsax is smooth sounding as ever
  • The same tight quintet as in 'Hits by Brits', Rossano Spotiello on piano replacing Joe Cohn's guitar

QUOTES:"Outstanding" (Leonard Feather) "Sheer Excellence" (Gene Lees) "Harry Allen's playing is nothing less than perfect" (John Pizzarelli)
"Harry Allen is fantastic. He plays both modern and yet in the grand tradition"
(Steve Allen)"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) "...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) "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
Harry Allen - tenor sax | John Allred - trombone | Rossano Sportiello - piano | Joel Forbes - bass | Chuck Riggs - drums.

This CD is Harry Allens ode to New York. Starting off with Autumn in New York, he leads us with Broadway Melodies to Chinatown, Down the Depth, Drop Me Off in Harlem, Harlem Nocturne, Manhattan Serenade, of course New York New York, New York State of Mind, Puttin on the Ritz, along the Sidewalks of New York to Washington Square he is finally Well in New York, even without skating in Central Park he portrays the big Apple in 13 wonderful classic ballads eventually going up tempo. His sidemen are more than supportive.
Tenor saxophonist Harry Allen (Washington D.C.,1966) 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.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 has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently touring the United States, Europe, and the Far East. 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, among others.Harry has over twenty recordings to his name. Three of Harry's CDs have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan's Swing Journal Magazine. 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.

Also available:
CR73258 - Hits by Brits- Harry Allen performing classic British Swing Hits from the Thirties