The Wall Street Journal Brings Us Ben Allison
This article is copyright protected, so just a riff.
By MARTIN JOHNSON
“Jazz composer and bassist Ben Allison has lived in the Union Square area for more than 25 years, and his résumé reads like that of a musician who has covered the depths of Manhattan. He was at the center of the Lower East Side scene of the 1990s, and he has worked in a variety of downtown cabaret settings with the noted singer and drag artist Joey Arias. Yet Mr. Allison’s music breathes with a down-home sensibility that evokes nothing so much as a rustic front porch set amid rolling hills. His broad, accessible sound has allowed for enormous stylistic flexibility—something that is evident on his new recording, “Action-Refraction” (Palmetto), which comprises mostly covers.”
See the full article, well worth it, here.