H. Allen Williams

H. Allen ’s Contributions

10/15/13    Albums

Earl MacDonald

Mirror of the Mind is another great installment in the interesting, endeavors and ever growing catalog of pianist/composer Earl MacDonald, Chamber Jazz at its best.

09/21/13    Albums

Chris Greco

Greco’s new CD, Trane of Thought, has eight original compositions performed by a group of players that know how to play groove-based dynamic music.

08/18/13    Albums

Lynn Jolicoeur and The Pulse

Boston-area vocalist Lynn Jolicoeur and her band The Pulse have been performing at top jazz venues and arts festivals in the Boston area, to rave audience response since 2008. Jolicoeur and The Pulse have now put that magic in a recorded documentation which...

08/14/13    Albums

Beat Funktion

Though Beat Funktion is calling upon the 60’s and 70’s funk concepts for a foundation, this group has taken the concept much further and created their own unique take with a modern day sound, while still maintaining an authenticity of raw, funky grooves...

08/03/13    Albums

David Binney

Binney again furthers his command of composing and group-leading with Lifted Land, appearing to focus on composing and group conception more than improvising. Overall, Binney's tunes are anthemic, evocative, yet prepared to venture into abstract terrain.

08/02/13    Albums

Troy Roberts

Roberts is stunning soloists with considerable technique, inspiring the listener with natural phrasing with a big rounded tone, which is never clichéd.

08/02/13    Albums

Rebecca Harrold

Harrold is proof positive that contemplative piano jazz, underpinned with a New Age touch is just the right mix in today’s evolving jazz palette.

06/25/13    Albums

Jacob Varmus, Terminal Stillness

The concept of this album is slow motivic development. I wanted to break free from the fast-paced New York jazz world where such development, if ideas are even connected, often happens so quickly you can’t absorb it, or breathe it in

06/07/13    Albums

Metheny Tackles the Zorn Book of Angels

The coming together of two influential figures is a refreshing approach, but more importantly the respect, understanding and care that Metheny shows on Zorn's music is a distinctive way of embossing Zorn’s music to a completely different listenership through...

05/16/13    Community Articles

Olivia Foschi: Perennial Dreamer

H. Allen Williams reviews debut album from singer

05/15/13    Community Articles

Olivia Foschi, Perennial Dreamer

Fresh, innovative and refreshingly uplifting – these are the descriptive phrases I would use to define Olivia Foschi’s debut release Perennial Dreamer.

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08/26/12    Community Articles

Susan Krebs: Actress, Activist, Jazz Musician and Gardener

Rooted in many principals of the arts - artist (in all sense of the word), Susan Krebs exhibits a particular understanding that jazz is about much more than complex structures and heady notes. It is a reason, a lifestyle, a language and an emotion.

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08/11/12    Albums

Pamela Hines, A Composers Story

I got a chance to delve into some questions I too wanted to know about Pamela and her processes, and I am sure some of you wondered some of the same questions as I. We spoke about composing and working with vocalists, an art-form many instrumentalists today...

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08/01/12    Albums

Looking Forward - An Interview with Eyal Vilner

What makes Vilner standout as one to watch is his innate ability to write very intricate counterpoint and harmony. Not only does he preserve the history of Big Band, but his auspicious debut Introducing the Eyal Vilner Big Band, advances the tradition in...

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07/30/12    Albums

Leslie Lewis, Midnight Sun

I got a chance to interview Leslie right before her move to Paris; we spoke about her upbringing, the California Jazz scene versus the New York scene and her process for choosing material for her records. It was a delightful opportunity to get a closer look...

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06/09/12    Albums

Yelena Eckemoff Interview/Review - Looking Forward

I was fortunate enough to have a chance to interview this significant composer and delve into some of her processes and background, including her decision to move to the United States when Russia was the Soviet Union.

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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