Harry Allen | Jazz for the Heart

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Jazz for the Heart

by Harry Allen

Smooth Jazz
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. (I Don't Stand a) Ghost of a Chance With You
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2. Nancy (With the Laughing Face)
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3. September Song
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4. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
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5. Mona Lisa
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6. Skylark
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7. Teach Me Tonight
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8. Moonlight in Vermont
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9. Night Train
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10. If There's a Sky Above
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11. You Go To My Head
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12. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
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13. In The Wee Small Hours (of the Morning)
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14. I'll Be Seeing You
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
McMahon Jazz Medicine is pleased to announce the release of Harry Allen's new CD, “Jazz for the Heart,” the second in what promises to be a four-set series of recordings under the McMahon Jazz Medicine label. Their first effort, “Jazz for the Soul,” successfully showcased the tenorist’s mastery over his instrument, confirming his place as one of the greatest proponents of melodic jazz today. This latest work is well worth the wait.

Indeed, “Jazz for the Heart” is a masterful melodic marvel, with Harry Allen’s expertise in evidence with every note played. His sound is reminiscent of Stan Getz on the upper register and invokes the deep, breathy richness of Ben Webster on the lower register. The first album of the series, “Jazz for the Soul,” was a very successful recording, with sales in the thousands, and the new CD, “Jazz for the Heart,” is destined for the same fate.

The Harry Allen and Joe Cohn quartet, which features Joe Cohn on guitar, Joel Forbes on bass and Chuck Riggs on drums, recently received the 2006 award for Outstanding Jazz Combo, presented at the New York City Nightlife Awards. This latest award reconfirms the band’s excellence, as does the excellently crafted “Jazz for the Heart,” which reinterprets a superlative list of love songs, including a great take on “Skylark,” the classic from Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael, and a blissful “Moonlight in Vermont.” Other great takes include “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “In the Wee Small Hours,” and “Mona Lisa.” There are nine others, one of which is Harry Allen’s own “If There’s a Sky Above.” The band, augmented by typically great piano artistry from John Bunch, is supportive throughout but content to let Harry Allen’s work take center stage. The mood is sensual, sensitive, and serene. It does a heart good. . . .


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This is music to love- in many different ways!
Wow. This CD should come with a disclaimer, for it is some of the most sensual, smoky jazz I have heard in a long, long time. Dangerous! Dangerous!

Ellen Kaye

Smooth, seamless artistry
A well-matched, beautifully executed set of ballads, with some of the best in the business. Mr. Allen deftly creates a mood of sophisticated artistry with his interpretations of old standards such as "Skylark", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", and my personal favorite on this CD, "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)". The syngergy of Harry Allen, with Joe Cohn, John Bunch, Joel Forbes and Chuck Riggs on this particular track is subtle, masterful, and gorgeous. Buy this CD and share it with someone special. You won't be sorry.

Joe Edmonds: saxophonist

CLassic sound of "old school" sax
This man sells a song! This collection is such a wonderful example of the smokiest sounds of saxophone played in a style reminiscent of the greats of yesteryear like Dexter Gordon and Stan Getz. My only close-to-negative comment would be that it isn't IMHO what the music programmers of the world describe as true "smooth jazz". But if you came here looking for smooth jazz, please give this CD a listen. You may find a whole new genre you'll love just as much ... or even more!

Barbara D.

Intrinsic to the soul.
On the way to another artist I found Harry Allen. I stopped, listened, and went no further. Harry has an awsome God given talent and I am thankful for his sharing it with others.

Tamara Turner, CD Baby


Like the glint in your lover's eyes, that smoky, intense stare of hunger, Harry Allen's Jazz for the Heart captures the epitome of romance jazz, that seductive hissing saxophone tone pushed gently along by rich, lush piano, slinky bass and subtle, shuffley drums. That obviously sensual and suggestive quality in this album practically makes one blush upon the first listen. But while this is one of the silkiest, sexiest albums for intimate activities one could hope for, it's really the elegance, the musicianship and the intense musicality and buttery delivery that gives this album such blissful buoyancy. Ah, love...