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Au, Allison Quartet / Wander Wonder
Album:Wander Wonder Collection:Jazz
Artist:Au, Allison Quartet Added:12/2018
Label:Self Release 

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Add Date:2019-01-09 Pull Date:2019-03-13 Charts:Jazz

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Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2018-12-23 
Reviewed: 2018-12-23
Genre: Jazz
FCCs: none
Review: Saxophonist Au proves herself a marvelous composer of engaging, accessible and melodic tunes in her quartet sound. The set explores a lot of territory while maintaining a cohesive mood. Her music sounds consistently hopeful and modernistic.
If You Like: Amanda Gardier, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless
Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
1/ The Valley (2:09) – Prophet synth starts with big swell of sound> slow languorous space jam>
*2/ Future Self (6:19) – piano starts hesitatingly> slow jam> sax solo> piano solo> slow jam swings to midtempo> fade
*3/ The Rest Is Up To You (6:26) – sax starts> midtempo jam> sax starts> piano solo swings uptempo> uptempo jam> slow fade
4/ Looking Up (5:09) – piano starts> midtempo jam> sax solo swings uptempo> midtempo jam> fade
5/ Morning (5:42) – bass starts> midtempo jam> sax solo> bass solo> midtempo jam> slow fade
*6/ The Lie That Saves Us All (6:04) – piano starts in bursts> uptempo rhythm section with midtempo sax over the top> sax solo over hesitant synth/drum duet> midtempo jam> crescendo end
7/ Red Herring (5:07) – full band starts> midtempo jam slows to slow tempo> music comes in waves> fade
8/ Grounds (3:02) – Prophet starts with bursts of sound> slow jam> fade
*9/ Force Majeure (8:00) - percussion starts> uptempo jam> piano solo> sax solo> uptempo jam with repetitive riff> sax soars> fade
*10/ A Trick of the Moonlight (5:24) – piano starts> midtempo jam> bass solo> midtempo jam sax solo> fade

Track Listing
1.The Valley 6.The Lie That Saves Us All
2.Future Self 7.Red Herring
3.The Rest Is Up To You 8.Grounds
4.Looking Up 9.Force Majeure
5.Morning 10.A Trick Of The Moonlight