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Allison, Ben / Think Free
Album:Think Free Collection:Jazz
Artist:Allison, Ben Added:10/2009
Label:Palmetto Records 

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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2009-12-06 
BEN ALLISON: Think Free
Palmetto, 2009

MODERN JAZZ – Bassist Allison continues to drift from his earlier chamber-jazz sound into something new and more rock-oriented, while also adding violinist Jenny Scheinman to his group. His distinctive, deceptively simple compositional style remains intact, and he continues his tradition of revisiting and recasting older compositions. I still prefer the older stuff, but Scheinman brings an enlivening freshness, and the seamless, perfectly formed tunes have a highly engaging sound.

Shane Endsley - trumpet
Jenny Scheinman - violin
Steve Cardenas - guitar
Ben Allison - bass
Rudy Royston - drums

* * * * | Fo’s Picks: 2, 3, 5, 6, 8

1. 6:31 – relaxed groove with a simple melody, rock beat, mild country aspect
2. 7:17 – upbeat, circular feel: the unusual textures of the band really shine
3. 6:02 – relaxed, nostalgic air: gentle guitar & trumpet, lovely flow
4. 6:25 – slouching tune with some electronic touches, slightly sinister edge
5. 4:49 – gentle, episodic, spinning: blends rustic thoughtfulness and urbanity
6. 7:22 – pretty walking tune, catchy, parallel rhythms move at multiple speeds
7. 1:47 – improvisational interlude: heavy, ominous rhythm, melodic scraps
8. 5:29 – upbeat soulful stroll: nice bass and violin solos really make it

[ Fo ] 12/06/09

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