Reviews of Beloved

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"One of the better new releases to come out this year."

  - Ed Enright, Downbeat Magazine


"Writing strong compositions for a simpatico quartet with its own sound and identity, Kris Allen goes from strength to strength." 

New York City Jazz Record


"Hot stuff that burns with a smart, quiet fire." 

  -Midwest Review -


"★★★★ "

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 "Startling Creativity"-


“Always and everywhere, in every measure, at every turn, there is something that will surprise you.” -

Diskoryxeion ( Greece)



On his terrific second album, saxophonist Kris Allen embraces those near and dear to him, whether writing tunes for various members of his family, saluting his mentor Jackie McLean or working with musicians from his hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. That sense of closeness is palpable throughout, providing a comfort that allows Allen and his cohort to locate the profound within the familiar.-



“Today’s saxophone dream band”-

Jazziz Magazine


"Really an excellent example of how to make an old language speak like brand spankin’ new."

- Dave Sumner,


Other Press

Concert Review of KA Quartet 7/1/16 Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola NYC by Ken Micallef, Downbeat Magazine

"Allen and his quartet tied up Manhattan's jazz past and its vibrant jazz present with contagious            grooves and kinetic compositions. Pray this quartet hits your town soon."-

Ken Micallef, Downbeat Magazine

Profile of KA in Hartford Courant By Michael Hamad 08/02/2016

Profile of KA by Owen Mcnally on Blog 09/07/2016

Cover article in "Saxophone Today"- Sept/OCt 2016- Interview with Thomas Erdmann

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