|Allison, Ben / Peace Pipe|
|Add Date:||2002-10-14||Pull Date:||2002-12-16||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||1 Dec||24 Nov||17 Nov||10 Nov||3 Nov||27 Oct||20 Oct|
|1.||Oct 25, 2018:||No Cover, No Minimum |
|4.||Nov 25, 2011:||No Cover, No Minimum |
|2.||Jul 01, 2017:||No Cover, No Minimum: Saturday Edition |
|5.||Oct 07, 2011:||No Cover, No Minimum |
|3.||Sep 27, 2016:||A Show Has No Name |
|6.||May 14, 2010:||No Cover, No Minimum |
Light mainstream jazz. The band includes a kora (African stringed instrument, similar to banjo) on many tracks! Which gives it a world-music sound that’s often exotic but sometimes borders on new age.|
Ben Allison’s a borderline case ... he writes contemporary jazz that’s got enough adventure in the composing to be interesting, but it’s also got too much gloss -- it’s consciously relaxing and peaceful, as if to appeal to the Windham Hill or ECM crowd. Previous albums tipped too far that way -- and that’s why they’re not in our library.
The saving graces for this one: The novelty of the kora, and the fact that former Berkeley star Peter Apfelbaum is on tracks 1, 6, 8 -- where he adds a bit of punch. Eurojazz stalwart Tomas Ulrich is in there too.
1- Fun loping song, w/kora solo
2- Fast but peaceful
3- Relaxing mid/fast ditty: again, too peaceful. Some raspy sax work, though.
4*- Spanish sound! Gets into some nice tenor-sax soloing.
5- Softly bluesy. Don’t bother.
6**- Mildly post-bop song, a bit complicated. Nice Apfelbaum solo.
7- Comforting kora-and-bass piece
8*- Slow and more deeply jazzy than most
9*- Mid/fast little piece, gets sweeping near the end
|1.||Third Rail||5.||Goin' Back|
|2.||Slap Happy||6.||Disposable Genius|
|3.||Peace Pipe||7.||Music Is Music|