At that 2009 show, his first since his recovery, Beaudoin — a veteran of hundreds of gigs — found himself nonetheless "nervous as a cat." But he and Allen hit it off immediately. On The Return, Allen is stunning throughout. He can sail headlong into bopping, gleaming uptempo phrases like Stan Getz or settle into a warm Ben Webster growl. And his mastery of tone allows him to take surprising, inspired risks — such as dipping into a subaquatic lower register or, in one breathtaking moment on Beaudoin's "Jackie's Serenade," hitting a gorgeous high note in a pianissimo whisper and holding it. Like Beuadoin, he gives "pretty" a good name.
GERRY BEAUDOIN TRIO WITH HARRY ALLEN | Scullers, DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston | September 8 @ 8 pm | $25 | 617.562.4111 or scullersjazz.com
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