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Ben Allison

Michael Blake's World Time Zone Premiers Contrasts in Individualism at The Kitano

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

On a Thursday night at the elegant Kitano Jazz club in Manhattan the saxophonist Michael Blake premiered his latest work Contrasts in Individualism, a series of compositions inspired by two of the twentieth century's most influential pre-bop tenor men, Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young.

Ben Allison's The Stars Look Very Different Today

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 03.08.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

With a distinctively science fiction flavor, composer/bassist Ben Allison's latest The Stars Look Very Different Today follows a Star Trekian path to "... boldly go where no man has gone before."

Contemporary Bassist & Composer Ben Allison Plays Carnegie Hall

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 04.09.2012 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Often inspired by the music and events of his times, Allison's witty deconstruction of popular songs is one of his most engaging attributes and has let him cross over into a wider audience than is generally afforded most jazz artists.

My Picks for the Best of Jazz 2011

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 02.18.2012 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

I am going to list my picks for the best music I have heard this year, trying to be as inclusive as possible for the deserving music that has been created.