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Bassist Ben Allison and members of the Jazz Composers Collective (who are best known for the Herbie Nichols Project) on this set perform eight of the bassist's originals. The music is post-bop and sometimes leaning a little toward sound explorations. However, there are also plenty of swinging moments to be heard along the way, for these are well-rounded and versatile musicians. In addition to Allison, the septet has Michael Blake and Ted Nash on reeds, trumpeter Ron Horton, pianist Frank Kimbrough, cellist Tomas Ulrich, and drummer Jeff Ballard. The adventurous music should be heard several times in order to be fully appreciated; it is worth the effort.


Born: November 17, 1966 in New Haven, CT

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A versatile acoustic bassist/composer with an adventurous spirit, Ben Allison has often excelled in jazz settings but has leaned toward more eclectic rock- and funk-oriented sounds on his own albums. The East Coast native was only nine when he began studying music, and he was 22 when, in 1989, he graduated from New York University with a B.A. in jazz performance. In 1992, Allison founded the Jazz Composers Collective, a musician-run nonprofit organization that encouraged artists to take risks and...
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Medicine Wheel, Ben Allison
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  • $7.92
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Apr 01, 1998

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