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Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom: Glitter Wolf

Read "Glitter Wolf" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

Some jazz musicians dare you to follow them to the rarefied realm of their imagination, where you might discover paradise, or you might get lost in a forest of abstraction. Allison Miller says, “Hey, let's take a ride!" then revs the engine and takes you on a grand tour of a carnival of sounds. A masterful jazz drummer and composer, Miller has also performed with Natalie Merchant, Ani DiFranco, and Brandi Carlile, among others, and she brings a rock musician's ...

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Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Allison Miller is regarded as one of the leading jazz drummers of today. With her Boom Tic Boom 'family' she presents her latest album Glitter Wolf, described by the band itself as 'a celebratory genre-busting organic mash up of Bach, clave, klezmer and Jazz Messengers.' American jazz magazine Downbeat includes her in the top 20 of current jazz drummers. Allison Miller is hailed for her melodic drum style, but also for her talent as a composer, songwriter and ...

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Allison Miller: Modern Jazz Icon in the Making

Read "Allison Miller: Modern Jazz Icon in the Making" reviewed by Doug Collette

Every professional musician knows how crucial it is to work regularly. Not only does it pay the bills--a pragmatic aspect of the necessarily busy lifestyle we laypeople may overlook--but it also allows for networking to enhance the musician's internal and public profile. Perhaps most importantly of all, consistent activity on stage and in the studio can provide a direct conduit to prolific creativity as well as drummer/composer/bandleader Allison Miller activities attest. Unlike those mirror images of electric/acoustic ensemble work from ...

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Allison Miller & Honey Ear Trio: Lean; Swivel

Read "Allison Miller & Honey Ear Trio: Lean; Swivel" reviewed by Doug Collette

Alison Miller may well be the renaissance woman of modern jazz. High-profile mainstream gigs like appearing with the band on Late Night with Seth Myers hardly hint at the diverse complexity of her collaborations and work under own name, most conspicuously including the band Boom Tic Boom. She parses out individual components of her artistry with equal measures of humility and ambition, so that her authority as a bandleader equals her generosity of spirit as expressed in tandem with other ...

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Honey Ear Trio: Swivel

Read "Swivel" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The opening track of Allison Miller's new Honey Ear Trio recording, “Arby," had me singing the lyrics to “Heavy Metal Drummer," the 2002 Wilco hit song ..."She fell in love with the drummer/Another and another/She fell in love/I miss the innocence I've known/Playing KISS covers, beautiful and stoned." That connection is made from the heavy, maybe better yet, HEAVY entrance the Honey Ear Trio makes with track one. Miller, saxophonist Jeff Lederer (Matt Wilson Quartet, Brooklyn Blowhards) and bassist plus ...

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Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

Read "Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom at the Philadelphia Art Alliance" reviewed by Asher Wolf

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom Philadelphia Art Alliance Ars Nova Workshop Philadelphia, PA May 13, 2016 Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom plays jazz, but the woman herself is hardly a jazz drummer. Though she can swing and improvise like nobody's business, Miller seems equally at home with the grooves of funk and Latin, or even--God forbid--the fist-pumping, downbeat-loving attitude of rock and roll. To be sure, any jazz drummer with a shred of notoriety ...

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Allison Miller: Breaking Ground

Read "Allison Miller: Breaking Ground" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

It takes a rare individual to excel in multiple artistic genres, particularly when success unfolds in the public spotlight and presents very different contexts. Certainly technical ability is important, but it also takes a peculiar blend of flexibility, curiosity, and determination. Perhaps that is what makes drummer, composer, bandleader, and outspoken feminist Allison Miller such a charismatic musician and personality. As a drummer, she has distinguished herself in both the jazz and singer-songwriter genres, playing with some ...

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Allison Miller: Boom Tic Boom

Read "Boom Tic Boom" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Just say yes to records led by drummers. Why? Because drummers may rarely be the leaders or composers, but they're always the soul of any good recording. Where's Coltrane without Jones, or Jarrett without DeJohnette? Nowhere. That's why, when a session is commanded by a percussionist, as is Boom Tic Boom by drummer Allison Miller, there is reason to revel.

Miller has held the drum chair for jazz artists such as Marty Ehrlich, Steven Bernstein, George Garzone, Rachel Z, to ...

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Allison Miller: Boom Tic Boom

Read "Boom Tic Boom" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Opening with a set of cymbal crashes amid a tight-knit kit rumble that segues into the rhythmic pulse, drummer Allison Miller begins her second album with “Cheyenne," one of four original compositions written for this group. Joining Miller in her trio are Myra Melford (piano) and Todd Sickafoose (bass). Violinist Jenny Scheinman does a sprightly guest spot for Miller's “CFS (Candy Flavored Sidewalks)." The leader's music is infectious. Its multiple chorus structure brings with it an orientation ...

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Meet Drummer Allison Miller

Read "Meet Drummer Allison Miller" reviewed by Elliott Simon

A child of the '80s, drummer Allison Miller came of age outside Washington, DC listening to jazz, funk, rock and pop. Studying with Walter Salb and later Michael Carvin, she has developed a personal technique that uses an exceptional command of phrasing to allow for what can best be described as a “melodic" approach to drumming. As she tells it, melody is paramount. “I base everything off of the melody. It's the way I play naturally--it's how I hear the ...

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Allison Miller: 5 am Stroll

Read "5 am Stroll" reviewed by Ken Franckling

Allison Miller has been a busy member of the New York jazz scene for the past eight years, touring and/or recording with notable leaders from jazz as well as folk and pop music worlds, including Marty Ehrlich, Kitty Margolis, and Natalie Merchant. After some thirty recordings under her belt as a sidewoman, 5 am Stroll marks her debut as a leader. It's not necessarily overdue, because all that busy side work has honed her chops--and compositional skills. She's ...

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Allison Miller: 5 am Stroll

Read "5 am Stroll" reviewed by John Kelman

From the first notes of drummer Allison Miller’s début disc, 5 am stroll , you know that the recent passing of Elvin Jones had to hit her hard. She comes from the same place as Jones, with a big sound and style that, at times, is something akin to a barely-contained storm. Still only in her twenties, her admirable technique, in-your-face approach and sheer musicality is impressive, and on this set of mostly original compositions she also shows herself to ...


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