Thursday, September 17, 2009

Recommended listening: Ben Allison "Think Free"

One of my absolute favorite musicians is bassist/composer Ben Allison. While I thoroughly enjoy his bass playing, I find myself most enamored by his work as a composer.

To my ears Allison's music is a perfect sythisis of jazz, rock and country music. It's easy on the ears with enough harmonic twists and turns to keep things interesting. He always surrounds himself with a first-rate band and the group assembled for his latest release is no exception.

On Think Free the bassist/composer is joined by Steve Cardenas (guitar), Shane Endsley (trumpet), Jenny Scheinman (violin) and Rudy Royston (drums) for eight original compositions.

The record isn't technically out yet, but you can stream the entire thing and purchase a copy (CD/MP3/FLAC) through the Palmetto Records website.

Take a listen, I think you'll enjoy what you hear.