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Album Review

Drummer Allison Miller takes modern jazz to heart on this effort featuring her original music and arrangements with a stellar band, most certainly featuring the visionary pianist Myra Melford. Though the album title Boom Tic Boom might suggest a loud, rock-oriented, static sound, it is far from that. The music is composed by Miller, while it is Melford's deft shapings, quicksilver phrasings, and clever melodic twists and turns alongside bassist Todd Sickafoose that identify this brand of progressive jazz, very tuneful and accessible. Miller herself is quite adept at navigating these rhythms, mostly tricky and angular; she solos only a bit on the opening track but generally paces the trio through Melford's always intriguing, imaginative musings. Aside from a modified take of the lilting Mary Lou Williams composition "Intermission" and a more spiritual version of Hoagy Carmichael's "Rockin' Chair," the rest are originals. The deep boppish blues-funk "Big Lovely" and modal "Cheyenne" should raise ears sufficiently, as they are attention-grabbers. Melford's curious piano does crop up in lower-key pieces, one of which, "CFS" with violinist Jenny Scheinman, is cast in a kinetic but restrained dance mode. It's the kind of thinly veiled, mysterious, yet direct music that draws you in and makes you crave more. Miller has hit on a winning combination, with a band that hopefully can tour, despite the fact that all of these musicians are leaders in their own right. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews


This album is thrilling from the first smack of the drums on "Cheyenne" all the way through to the last note on "Night". The way these musicians play together is inspiring-- the album is melodic, beautiful, playful, exciting and I am in love with it. Allison Miller has really created something so special here. Maybe the most musical drummer I've ever heard. Simply put, this is a fantastic album.

Truly Talented

I love Allison Miller... She's so talented, and not to mention pretty. I first heard and became a fan of her when she started playing for Brandi Carlile, now I'm a huge Allison fan too! Must buy! Hope she rejoins forces with BC.

Love You Allison!


hey aliison i saw you last night at dazzle in denver and you were fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love your style of drumming and just everyything you rock!!


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Allison Miller is a drummer, composer, and bandleader based in New York City. She is a well-known session and touring musician. Her résumé includes stints with Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, Marty Ehrlich, Dr. Lonnie Smith, the Indigo Girls, Mike Stern, and Brandie Carlile, to name a few. She is also a Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and has toured in that role in Africa and Asia. Miller began her musical studies on the piano as a seven-year-old before switching to drums at age...
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