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In a career that spans nearly 30 years, Ben Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound, solidifying an international reputation as a bassist, composer and band leader. Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th century classical and world music, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole. With his groups The Ben Allison Band, Think Free, The Easy Way Trio, Peace Pipe, and Medicine Wheel, Ben has toured extensively throughout the world, building new audiences with an adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected. Recent performance highlights include Carnegie Hall (New York City), Teatro Manzoni (Milan, Italy), Thatro Roberto Cantoral (Mexico City, Mexico), Central Park’s SummerStage (New York, NY), Auditório Ibirapuera (Sao Paulo, Brazil), The Capitol Theater (Salt Lake City, NV), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA) and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London, England). In 2005, 2008 and 2013, Ben was a featured composer, arranger and performer with Jazz Sinfonica, an 80-piece orchestra based in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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James Brandon Lewis, Wynton Marsalis, Dina Ramirez, Lee Pardini & New Releases

Read "James Brandon Lewis, Wynton Marsalis, Dina Ramirez, Lee Pardini & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we go from Wynton Marsalis' ruminations on the status of our society, to Teodross Avery's and the Analog Players Society's reflections on Monk. In between a world tour with stops in South Africa, Guatemala, Norway, Canada, and on two sides of the country, LA and NYC, for another great tasting menu of the best ...

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Gregory Porter, Kronos Quartet, Alberto Pinton, Pat Metheny & More New Releases

Read "Gregory Porter, Kronos Quartet, Alberto Pinton, Pat Metheny & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Gregory Porter kicks off the party with his uplifting “Revival Song" while electro-acoustic projects keep the momentum going during the first half and jazz-meets-contemporary music albums take over the second half, including the latest by Pat Metheny first adventure on a new label, Modern Recordings, as well as the celebrated Kronos Quartet in two quite different ...

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Maria Pia de Vito, Becca Stevens, Elan Mehler, Daniel Casimir & More New Releases

Read "Maria Pia de Vito, Becca Stevens, Elan Mehler, Daniel Casimir & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The year ended as it started, and as if COVID-19 never were, with a heart-warming slew of great new releases. Here's the last installment for 2020 acting as a great omen for an equally rewarding 2021 jazz year.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Various Artists ...

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Frank Kimbrough: Changing the Contexts, Keeping It Fresh

Read "Frank Kimbrough: Changing the Contexts, Keeping It Fresh" reviewed by Wayne Zade

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in September 2002. Frank Kimbrough is one of the most versatile and innovative pianists in jazz on the New York and national scenes. He has been the pianist in the Maria Schneider jazz orchestra and has recorded seven albums under his own ...

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Jazz Composers Collective: The Herbie Nichols Project

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From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in November 1999. The Herbie Nichols Project is a working, researching, and performing entity--co-led by pianist Frank Kimbrough and bassist Ben Allison. Operating within that fertile creative aggregate known as the Jazz Composers Collective (of which Mr. Kimbrough and Mr. Allison are ...

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Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever - A Remembrance

Read "Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever - A Remembrance" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

On December 30, 2020, pianist Frank Kimbrough passed away at the age of 64. True to form, 2020 wreaked havoc until the end. The cause of death was not Covid-19, but the shock at the untimely loss of a revered artist was not any less powerful. Frank Kimbrough had the rare gift of touching ...

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[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Part 2

Read "[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We continue our celebration of the Jazz Standard, after the announcement of its untimely closure. The capacity to appeal to both the beginner and the long-time jazz fan, and to combine the familiar with the unfamiliar, were some of the many strengths of Seth Abramson's artistic direction. Through a number of concerts recorded live ...

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[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Part 1

Read "[Long] Live (at) the Jazz Standard! - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A jazz club is not just a commercial enterprise, or an entertainment spot, it's a cultural hub, a place where ideas are exchanged, styles are tested and then defined, careers are inspired, collaborations get launched or cemented. When a venue like the Jazz Standard closes the loss should not be seen only in terms of a ...

Blue Has A Range

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Lost and Found; Blue Language; Language of Love; Highline; Fern's Guitar; Reflector; Siquijor; Signpost Up Ahead; Blue Has A Range.


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