SELECT QUOTES
“Trombonist Brian Allen brings a burst of energy to contemporary creative music” - Jim Santella, All
About Jazz New York

“An adventurous trombonist” - Nate Chinen, New York Times

"(Allen and Malaby) exhibit a natural ease with multilinear improvisation, whether creating
instantaneous structural gambits for one another or simply blowing full-speed ahead in tandem" - Peter
Margasak,
Downbeat

“Improvising Trombonist Brian Allen revels in his instrument's singular sound world.” - Time Out NY

“A sly pop influence comes through in his melodies, which owe as much to Cobain as they do Coltrane
(though may have the most spiritual connection to Monk).” -
Pitchforkmedia

“Though still a disciple of players like Slide Hampton and Curtis Fuller, Allen has nevertheless found
very personal ways to break down his slippery bop-honed trombone chops. He takes the instrument apart,
removes the mouthpiece to vocalize through the bare tubing, raps the mouthpiece against the bell, and
employs multiphonics – but there’s that polished jazz-trombone sound cutting through all of the
instrumental deviations.” - Clifford Allen,
Paris Transatlantic

"Brainkiller have produced triumphant music that is always bright and refreshingly original" - Classic
Rock
- Prog Magazine December 2010

"(Brainkiller) know how to get out of a tune quick before it gets nerdy, and they never veer far from
that fundamental truth, a damn good tune."
- JazzWise Magazine December 2010

"Hence, Brainkiller sojourns into an abstract musical space that balances heady methodologies with
hugely entertaining performances.
" JazzTimes July 2011

"Brian Allen soffia nel trombone. E soprattutto la spinta di quest'ultimo a manovrare la barca e a
volgerla in varie direzioni. Il suo stile richiama i colleghi degli anni Setanta, ma con citazioni
prese da Rudd, Lewis e Mangelsdorff piuttosto che dai radicali all Rutherford o Christmann."
- BLOW UP
(Italy) December 2010

"Nunca más pensaré que el trombón jazz es un instrumento la mar de aburrido. Por que salvando a los
mágicos e inigualables dúos de los maestros del trombón jazz, J.J. Johnson y Kai Winding, en contadas
ocasiones he disfrutado tanto de un imaginativo, creativo y original uso del trombón jazz como en este
trío que se hacen llamar Brainkiller."
La Montana Rusa Radio Jazz & Blog Spot; Santyjazz (Spain)

"Allen has considerable ability on the trombone as evidenced by improvisations that encompass several
octaves, sometimes at blistering speeds." -
International Trombone Journal

“Brian Allen may well be the best American modern jazz trombonist that you’ve never heard
of.”
- Dave Wayne, Jazzreview.com
RECORDING AND PERFORMANCE REVIEWS

BRIAN ALLEN TRIO WITH TONY MALABY AND TOM RAINEY-SYNAPSE CD
BARBES NEW YORK TIMES PREVIEW
CD REVIEW - DOWNBEAT APRIL 2007
CD REVIEW - ALL ABOUT JAZZ NY 01/07
CD REVIEW - ALL ABOUT JAZZ 2
CD REVIEW - BAGATELLEN
CD REVIEW - PARIS TRANSATLANTIC
CD REVIEW - DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY
CD REVIEW - JAZZREVIEW 01/07
CD REVIEW - ALL ABOUT JAZZ 3
CD REVIEW - SHANLEYONMUSIC
CD REVIEW - VITAL WEEKLY
CD REVIEW - FOXY DIGITALIS
CD REVIEW - EL INTRUSO (in Spanish)
CD REVIEW - JAZZ AND TZAZ March 2008 (in Greek)(online version)
LIVE REVIEW -CBGB's (JAZZCORNERTALK)

BRIAN ALLEN MEXICAN QUARTET INTERVIEW/ARTICLES  
FEATURE ARTICLE IN BRAZOSPORT FACTS
REFORMA
LA JORNADA  
DIARIO DE YUCATAN  
POR ESTO!

BRIAN ALLEN QUARTET W/BALLOU, MALABY AND SARIN
PREVIEW -TEA LOUNGE 03/2006 (TIME OUT NEW YORK)

BRIAN ALLEN TROMBONE QUARTET ITF PERFORMANCE REVIEW
(INTERNATIONAL TROMBONE ASSOCIATION)

BRIAN ALLEN/REUBEN RADDING DUO CD
CD REVIEW - PARIS TRANSATLANTIC
CD REVIEW (DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY)

BRAIN KILLER DUO CD
BRAIN KILLER LIVE PREVIEW - PHOENIX NEW TIMES
LIVE REVIEW WITH MARK DRESSER AND CD REVIEW (ONE FINAL NOTE)
LIVE REVIEW (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS)
CD REVIEW (PITCHFORKMEDIA)
CD REVIEW (ALLABOUTJAZZ)

BRIAN ALLEN TROMBONE SOLO ON ALEX COKE'S IRAQNOPHOBIA
COLLECTED QUOTES

SOLO TROMBONE
CD REVIEW (JAZZWEEKLY)
CD REVIEW (ALLABOUTJAZZ)
CD REVIEW (MUSINGS)
CD REVIEW (CADENCE)
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