Along with Carl Allen and Rodney Whitaker, Work To Do features a stellar cast of musicians: Vincent Chandler – trombone; George Colligan – piano and Fender Rhodes; Vincent Herring – alto and soprano saxophone; Rodney Jones – acoustic and electric guitar; Brandon Lee – trumpet; Dorsey “Rob” Robinson – B3 organ and piano; and Kirk Whalum – tenor and soprano saxophone.
With over 200 recordings to his credit, the gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator, Carl Allen’s profound and propulsive percolations provided soulful and syncopated support for nearly three decades. Allen maintains an exhaustive schedule of recording, touring and teaching. He remains active as a sideman with Christian McBride and Inside Straight, Benny Golson and others. As a leader most recently leading The Carl Allen Quartet as well as The Art of Elvin, a tribute band dedicated to his two drum influences, Art Blakey and Elvin Jones was started after the passing of Elvin Jones in 2004.