Swingin’ Sunday Music

November 17th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

My old pal JF turned me on to this ridiculously swingin’ tenor sax man Harry Allen.  I’m ashamed to say I wasn’t aware of the individual but he has a big new fan.  Here’s him and his quartet, co-led by great guitarist Joe Cohn (son of Al, who could swing a tenor in his own right), rockin’ an up-tempo take on an old standard.  And what’s up with all those key changes at the end?!

Definitely old school, but I’ll be awful surprised if this doesn’t have you poppin’ your fingers on beats two and four.

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4 comments in reply to "Swingin’ Sunday Music"

  1. Dan says:

    Unfortunately, we’re getting to the point where music is all the salvation the working stiff has…

    Swing low, sweet chariot…

  2. Larry Kart says:

    I’m sorry, but Harry Allen has always struck me as a rather jive player.
    The rather miniaturized nature and bumble-bee regularity of his phrasing are a give away for me. By contrast, here’s a real player IMO who is not too dissimilar stylistically, Grant Stewart:


    • Larry Kart says:

      Sorry — I see that my link to that Grant Stewart recording doesn’t work. Just go to YouTube and listen to Stewart’s version of “In the Still of the Night” (which is what I tried to link to).