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Ben Allison: Medicine Wheel

Read "Medicine Wheel" reviewed by Troy Collins


Bassist Ben Allison was a virtual unknown when this album was originally released by Palmetto in 1998. After Seven Arrows (Koch, 1996), this was Allison's first major release. Combining conservatory training, ethnic/world music fusions, post-bop energy and free-jazz vigor, Allison and company were on the cusp of a new movement. Listening to this recording in retrospect ...

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Medicine Wheel

Label: Palmetto Records
Released: 1998
Track listing: Spy; Mousetrap; Buzz; Apostles of the Ugly; Blabbermouth; Spy (Detail); Quirky Dungeon; Tiny C.

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Ben Allison: Medicine Wheel

Read "Medicine Wheel" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Ben Allison asserts: “The Medicine Wheel is a mirror in which the universe is reflected. Any idea, person or object can be such a mirror". Derived from North American Indian beliefs Allison's somewhat mystical approach adheres to the overall attitude behind his music and the band's execution. The Septet aptly called “Medicine Wheel" is a conglomerate ...


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