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Stellar musicianship make Andrew Allen Trio's jazzy "Star Wars" tribute soar
(Published: October 22, 2015)

The Force has awakened and with the imaginations of artists across the globe have been fueled by nostalgia from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Among the most inspired and certainly invigorating of the lot is Live! From the Cantina: A Star Wars Jazz Tribute, an infectious, jubilant reworking of John Williams' classic scores from the Andrew Allen Trio.

Formerly a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive but now available worldwide, Live! From the Cantina is no cash grab; it is a loving and masterful homage to George Lucas' immortal space adventure. The original compositions are so smoothly adapted into a jazz format that it's shocking an album like this is so unique. The ominous stomp of "Imperial Theme" is altered into a joyful band march as Brad Esau's saxophone soars through the atmosphere. Allen's jamming Hammond b3 organ, Byron House's swirling bass lines, and Truman House's jumpy drums will elicit smiles from the meanest of Sith Lords.

Any preconceived notion that this is only a novelty album are immediately trashed. The musicianship on this record is absolutely impressive; these lads have got their chops down. Superior drum work kicks the "Main Theme" into high gear as funky bass heightens its rhythmic appeal; Esau's then carries the soaring orchestral hook home.

The original "Cantina Band" was always like an extraterrestrial take on jazz so it's not surprising that Allen and his band have the most fun here. Tribal drums add punch while Allen's bouncy keyboards elevate the party atmosphere to new heights.

More Information: http://andrewallentrio.com

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