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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Dave Allen Quartet brings together some of the best talent that New York City has to offer. Their critically acclaimed debut recording, Untold Stories, documented a well-crafted group sound rarely found in music today. Their new follow up, "Real and imagined" , features nine new compositions which are brought to life by the musician’s subtlety and virtuosity. Saxophonist Seamus Blake is one of the most respected players of his generation and brings a vibrant and poetic sensibility to the group. Bassist Drew Gress, known for his work with Tim Berne, ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch, as well as from his many recordings as a leader, brings his remarkable strength and creativity to this session. Mark Ferber, who has become one of the busiest drummers on the scene today, has been working with Allen for years and brings a common language of creativity and intensity to each piece.

Dave Allen is one of the more distinctive voices on his instrument today. Widely respected in the jazz community as both a player and a composer, he has continually sought to forge a unique vision through his playing and writing, one that features lyrical melodies with lilting, complex rhythms and rich, intricate harmonies. At the age of 16, Allen was already recognized by Guitar Player Magazine as a talent to watch. Born in Philadelphia, Allen moved to New York in 1988 to attend the Manhattan School of Music. Leading his own groups for the past 16 years, Allen has increasingly made his presence felt on the New York scene. In the past few years Allen has worked with many of the most exciting young players in New York City, including Mark Turner, Chris Cheek, Ravi Coltrane, Jeff Ballard, Tony Malaby, Bill McHenry, Donny McCaslin, loren Stillman, Matt Wilson, Eric McPherson, Gerald Cleaver, and many others.

The Dave Allen Quartet Performing at the 55 Bar 55 Christopher St, Manhattan Nov 18th at 930 featuring Miguel Zenon

Words about Dave Allen:

"Dave Allen makes a fiery and eloquent showing with Untold Stories on Fresh Sound Records. Joined by tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, bassist Carlo DeRosa and drummer Mark Ferber, Allen brings daunting chops, full-bodied tone and melodic sensitivity to the table on this all-original debut set." -David Adler - Jazz Times Magazine

"Allen has what could be dubbed as "string-imagination," the ability to quickly form and rethink patterns like moving water--flowing, lucid and spontaneous, paired with superior comping skills--filling in the gaps with creative touches and chord-work." - Mark F. Turner - All About Jazz

"A number of tracks, including 'In Some Human City", ''Paradigm Shift" and "Out Of The Trap", have melodies that etched themselvesin my mind. The music is full of subtlety. Allen has no seeming limit to histechnique, but he always puts it to good musical ends." -Budd Koppman,

"There is a true sensuality to the guitarist’s sound. On the new Untold Stories, he brings a pearly tone to a piece called Searching, unfolding his lines with an edge-of-your-seat stealth" -Jim Macnie, Village Voice

"Untold Stories", the debut CD from New York Jazz Guitarist Dave Allen, showcases an exciting and unique player in the mold of Pat Metheny, Ben Monder, Jonathan Kreisberg and Adam Rogers. Monster chops, harmonic resourcefulness, strong melodic sense, seamless group interaction, considerable compositional talent and a kick-ass group of talented players make this CD an electrifying piece of work." -Lyle Robinson,

"Mr. Allen is a guitarist with a coolly modernistic sensibility, as he demonstrates on a forthcoming album, "Real and Imagined" (Fresh Sound New Talent)." -Nate Chinen, NY Times

"Superlative technique full of good ideas" -Guitar Player Magazine

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  • Artist / Group Name: Dave Allen
  • Press Release Date: 11/18/2011
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