Ben Allison gets unconventional

bassist Ben AllisonBen Allison gets unconventional

Jazz bassist’s new release, Quiet Revolution, features drummer-less trio

By David Sands
October 18, 2016

Ben Allison, who’s known among other things for being a co-founder of the forward-thinking New York jazz nonprofit the Jazz Composer’s Collective, has a new project in the wings, and it’s a real humdinger. The jazz bassist, bandleader and educator is releasing a new vinyl-only album through Newvelle Records this week called Quiet Revolution.

Title aside, though, it’s nothing to be hush-hush about. Allison has assembled a rather unusual jazz trio, rounded out by Steve Cardenas who plays steel-string guitar and Ted Nash who keeps things lively with his tenor sax and clarinet playing. And as you might expect, the music is anything but conventional.

“We call this trio The Easy Way (in reference to the Jimmy Giuffre album of the same name),” Allison says in a Facebook post. “It’s modeled after the drummerless trios of Jimmy Giuffre and Jim Hall and features a lot of their music, plus original tunes inspired by them.”

Newvelle Records will be celebrating the arrival of Quiet Revolution with a record release party at Smoke in New York City on Oct. 19 and 20.

The label is a vinyl-only startup company that relies on a subscription model to make ends meet. Interested listeners can sign up for a year’s worth of albums (six total) which will be shipped as they are released. The kickstarter for Newvelle’s second season is scheduled to start later this week.

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