H. Allen Williams

H. Allen ’s Contributions

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.

11/21/13    Albums

Gene Ess

Fractal Attraction is a very intelligent collection of compositions that simultaneously respects the history of the jazz language while pushing the vocabulary forward. Fractal Attraction has a coherent style and compositional elements that allow the group...

11/18/13    Albums

Suzi Stern

Stern has released 7 CDs on various labels, Viewpoint Records, Aardvark Records and Bus Biscuit Records. Stern’s latest release, Romancing the Dark, is a collection of her own original compositions, lyrics and arrangements that reaches out of the jazz idiom...

11/18/13    Albums

Leni Stern

SMOKE, NO FIRE is a superb set of songs that combines African folk sounds with the sounds of blues, jazz and American folk.

10/25/13    Albums

Lisa Forkish

With an artist as wide-ranging and prolific as Forkish, it can be hard to put into words what, exactly, what her music sounds like, but one thing is for sure, Forkish is intent on delivering a story that blends traditional swing, ballads and classic soul...

10/15/13    Albums

Alex Snydman

Percussionist-composer Alex Snydman’s debut release, Fortunate Action, is the culmination of much thought and dedicated patience with a focus on developing are repertoire with like-minded musicians.

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.

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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