A star on the rise, J.D. Allen has a massive, powerful sound that borrows from Coltrane's legacy without sounding like an imitation. Allen received his training working with artists such as Bob Belden, Betty Carter, Frank Foster and Winard Harper, and is now recording as a leader to further develop his style. Lightning fast runs stun your ears as they sequence into new tonal areas, but the attack is softened by a graceful vibrato; it's evident that Allen has done his homework, learning what he can from the greats. His compositional skills are refined, with one foot in the '60s and one in the '90s, but check out his haunting rendition of Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" as well.