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JD Allen Trio: The Matador and the Bull

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The Matador and the Bull is JD Allen’s fourth straight tenor trio album with bassist Gregg August and drummer Rudy Royston. That may be a record. For most tenor saxophonists, the trio is an obligatory, occasional challenge. For Allen it is an orchestra.

He is his own man in other ways, too. With many tenor players, the generation of ideas becomes a self-perpetuating, extravagant flow. Allen is notable for his concision. Only two tracks here are over four minutes.

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