Samples from Step Inside: New American Music for Saxophone and Piano, now available through Equilibrium Recordings.
“Rogue Two’s debut album features world premieres of seven works commissioned by the ensemble. Particularly noteworthy is Jamie Wind Whitmarsh’s Buckle Up for alto saxophone and marimba, a soaring composition that evokes imagery of a joyful but mysterious dancer. Also enjoyable is Gene Koshinski’s Get It! for baritone saxophone and percussion, a funky mixed-meter romp. Hicken’s playing is flawless, and Allen is a master of all sizes of saxophone. This album is a great listen and will be especially inspiring for saxophonists interested in classical playing.”—The Instrumentalist, April 2018