"Allen's control of the timbers, from guttural moans to clarion peals,
and his ability to squeeze whimpers out of brass and hurl them
at the listener, marks him as a horn man to watch."
W. Royal Stokes-The Washington Post
"...Bracingly vivid trumpeter..."
Howard Mandel-The Village Voice (N.Y.C.)
"His conception and phrasing recall Lee Morgan's command of the latin idiom."
Keith Raether-The News Tribune (Seattle)
"...he screams and screeches, taunts and teases,
growls and groans, sneaks and snakes."
Gil Sokolow-The I.A.J.R.C. Journal
"A fullness replete with soft tone-edges and great leaping ability makes Allen interesting and worth a listen."
Andy Bartlett-Cadence Magazine
"Allen's trumpet and flugelhorn playing is marked by a playful inventiveness underscored by a slightly husky, almost vocal, tone and use of such swing trumpet strategies as smears, growls and glisses."
George Kanzler-The Star Ledger (Newark, N.J.)
"Allen displays wit, charm, and true soul amidst the bristling themes
and exposes fine sensitivity in the more harmonious passages."