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Allison, Ben/Medicine Wheel / Buzz
Album:Buzz Collection:Jazz
Artist:Allison, Ben/Medicine Wheel Added:06/2004
Label:Palmetto Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2004-06-07 Pull Date:2004-08-09 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:8 Aug25 Jul18 Jul11 Jul27 Jun20 Jun13 Jun
Airplays:2111211

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1.Sat, 07 Aug 04:La Chanteuse
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4.Fri, 16 Jul 04:Wedge
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2.Sat, 07 Aug 04:Sunshine
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5.Sat, 10 Jul 04:Sunshine
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3.Fri, 23 Jul 04:Fo
No Cover, No Minimum
6.Fri, 25 Jun 04:Wedge
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Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2004-06-10 
Among mainstream jazz composers, Allison brings in some fresh compositional ideas while sticking to a relatively mellow aesthetic. The result is jazz that's very "nice," with a softness recalling the mellow side of '60s Blue Note acts.

Allison's writing style is solidly mainstream jazz but includes doses of interesting new ideas, such as the block-chords theme in (2).

1- Mysterious mid/fast drifting, with bright bluesy piano solo
2- Calm chords over hyper percussion, for a mildly tense feel
3- Playfully loungy. Midtempo and soft.
4- Tropical island vamp, a relaxed midtempo
5- Soft, gentle, with sparse wandering solo space
6- Gently perky, w/soft horns. Midtempo
7- Beatles cover: gentle, lonely; sparse but pretty. Sorry, I still say jazz versions of Beatles songs are hokey (and I *love* the Beatles)

Track Listing
1.Respiration 4.Mauritania
2.Buzz 5.Erato
3.Green Al 6.R&B Fantasy
 7.Across the Universe