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Harry Allen Quartet at Zuni

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Harry Allen Quartet
(Harry Allen Website)
Harry Allen on Tenor Saxophone
Joe Cohn on Guitar
Joel Forbes on Bass
Chuck Riggs on Drums

598 Ninth Avenue @ 43rd Street
NY, NY 10036

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 14, 2005

(See more Harry Allen reviews). Harry Allenís band was sizzling and smooth, as always, at Zuni tonight. In the second set, songs were performed, like Blues in the Closet, On the Street Where You Live, This Is All I Ask, Iíll See You in My Dreams, and Girl from Ipanema. Harry Allen on saxophone and his seasoned band, with Joe Cohn on guitar, Chuck Riggs on drums, and Joel Forbes on bass, play danceable, dreamable music. Zuni, a Hellís Kitchen bistro with homemade dishes and a cozy atmosphere, decorated in Elizabeth Rosenís urban jazz and social culture paintings, is the perfect venue, each Monday night, to showcase art and jazz at once, from 8:00 to 11:30 PM. Host, Roland, is on hand for personal attention to your dinner and drinks.

To start the set, Harry Allen led the band with his sumptuous sax, as Chuck played brushes and Joe strummed soft guitar. Harry steps aside from the window stage, when his men play solo, a nice touch of respect. A lively swing followed with On the Street Where You Live, as Joe added a final string riff, fast-paced and intense. Soon Harry took the lead, and then Chuck, as soft romance overcame rapid dynamics. Harryís sax took us through rolling rivers of sound, up and down the scales, just on the heels of sultry brushes and soulful bass.

At times, Joe Cohn took his guitar to driven excitement. Dmitri, a guest saxophonist, sat in with the band and conversed musically with Joe on an amplified, aggressive guitar. Just when you think you hear Brazilian Samba (Girl from Ipanema), Harry blends abstract jazz into an interesting interpretation, with switched keys and fragmented themes. Mambo met Samba met Jazz tonight, and all in one song. A sensational swing followed, and the guest took a turn with solos around and with the band.

Stop by Zuni on Monday nights to hear Harry Allenís versatile band.

Hill Greene, My Guest, and Friend

Joel Forbes on Bass

Harry Allen on Sax

Chuck Riggs on Drums

Joe Cohn on Guitar

Harry Allen on Sax

Chuck Riggs on Drums

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