JD Allen Trio

A sensitivo in muscleman's clothing, the tenor saxophonist can make the most roiling passages reveal their heart. His trio (bassist Gregg August, drummer Rudy Royston) is one of town's great combos, consistent work helping refine its confluence of Trane and Ornette into a suite of playful orneriness that often sounds larger than it should. You can definitely hear it on Shine!, where meditation sits across the table from uproar.
Aug. 11-16, 9 & 11 p.m., 2009

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