Monday, August 8, 2016
Allison Au Quartet, Forest Grove
Allison never sounded better, with a sharply crisp alto and a bit of coolness but the post-Bird heat too of nicely phrased expressions. Todd Pentney on keys makes a crucial contribution in his comping and soloing. Jon Naharaj and Fabio Ragnelli (bass and drums, respectively) are busy with good ideas when called for, or laid back as needed. Felicity Williams adds her wordless vocals to three numbers and that makes good musical sense.
And Allison's originals (all nine numbers) are tunefully appropriate and modernly zinging.
In short all is well on this disk. It is a joyous outburst. Grab a copy.