H. Allen Williams

H. Allen ’s Contributions

08/21/14    Albums

Reginald Cyntje

Cyntje’s compositions are clear and utilize the strengths of this writing through his adept ensemble. The music offers the listener a chance to hear many styles and variances of intensity and tempos. Cyntje's messaging comes through clearly through the...

08/05/14    Albums

Oscar Peñas

Music of Departures and Returns is an enjoyable collection of styles and sounds from around the world presented with heart felt joy and clarity. The music will certainly leave the listener with a joyful and playful feeling; Peñas’ focus on making good...

07/20/14    Albums

Storyboard

If you enjoy the sounds of the Pat Metheny Group, especially the era of First Circle and Letter From Home, you will certainly want to say Hello to Storyboard.

06/28/14    Albums

George Bouchard

Overall, this is a very enjoyable CD, the compositions are excellent vehicles for the band to improvise on and the audience is committed to the project. The band is top-shelf and all eight selections are full of strong musical moments that keep things moving...

05/07/14    Albums

Bobby Avey

Avey recorded two separate Haitian drumming groups and then transcribed the rhythms for inspiration for the five compositions that comprise the suite. Avey travelled to Haiti to visit and record a Voodoo ceremony in the small village of Soukri, near the...

04/24/14    Albums

Takeshi Asai

What instantly sets Asai’s French Trio, Vol. 1 CD apart is his playing and composing style is thankfully void of clichés and is purely about the beauty of melody and the purity of the music.

04/24/14    Albums

Les Sabler

Sabler conveys a fresh take on Jobim Tribute, as once again the power of Jobim’s music is given yet another wonderful working that is full of sensitivity and sophistication.

03/30/14    Albums

Glenn Cashman's Southland Nonet

Each one of these selections are top shelf, the CD has a great flow and a wonderful cause, with a portion of the proceeds going to support Doctors Without Borders. This is a carryover CD from last year, but if you missed it, be sure to take the time to...

03/30/14    Albums

Lisa Hilton

Pianist/composer Lisa Hilton again delivers an outstanding collection of tunes that is focused on balancing the simple and complex. Hilton’s precision as a performer and creative compositions champion the less-is-more approach and should appeal to a wide...

03/09/14    Albums

Dorothy Doring and Phil Mattson

Mattson and Doring truly show they are both veteran performers and take into account each song as a special message and thoughtful addition to the album. The combination of Ellington and Strayhorn tunes as an exploration is genius and truly complimentary...

03/02/14    Albums

Susan Clynes

Life Is... has something for everyone and its creative sounds covers much ground between pop and jazz, but always stays creative. Clynes’ music is positive, upbeat and intelligent and each ensemble setting brings her works to life in its own unique way...

02/22/14    Albums

Gwilym Simcock and Yuri Goloubev

Duo Art: Reverie at Schloss Elmau is excellently recorded and produced and will be a welcomed addition to anyone’s music library. The mixing of classicism and jazz makes this wonderful recording stand out.

02/06/14    Albums

Dave Askren and Jeff Benedict

Four ears are better than two, well that seems to be the case with Guitarist Dave Askren and Saxophonist Jeff Benedict. The two have combined their ears as co-leaders for a CD entitled, It’s All About The Groove. The ensemble is rounded out with drummer...

02/05/14    Albums

Carol Morgan

With the release of Retroactive, trumpeter Carol Morgan embarks on a departure from her previous works, though still in keeping with roots of previous works

01/09/14    Albums

Brandon Bernstein

Bernstein focuses on standards that are well known to the guitar community, but his keen musical sense and the interaction of the trio results in highly welcomed and musical versions of these well-known songs.

11/28/13    Albums

Manhattan Brass

Manhattan Holiday is the latest recording from Manhattan Brass; a compilation of classic and lesser-known holiday selections, all creatively arranged by Carla Bley and Jack Walrath.

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About H. Allen Williams

Jazz Journalist Member and Journalist for over 35 years. I have interviewed and reviewed countless CDs for jazzreview.com, newspapers and periodicals. Some of my more memorable interviews have been with Dave Holland, Mike Stern, Lynne Arriale, Stanley Clark and beyond. I review all genres of jazz and enjoy original jazz compositions and standards.

H. Allen Williams joined the JazzTimes community on May 24, 2012