Ben Allison

Ben Allison - The Stars Look Very Different Today (2013)  Music

Posted by mark70 at Dec. 16, 2013
Ben Allison - The Stars Look Very Different Today (2013)

Ben Allison - The Stars Look Very Different Today (2013)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 42:37 min | 100 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Sonic Camera Records

It's all-systems-go when this quark-y spaceways-traveling quartet unpacks Neutron Star the dense and churning centerpiece of the hard-grooving bassist-composer's stellar new album, The Stars Look Very Different Today. Guitarists Brandon Seabrook and Steve Cardenas blend magnificently, emitting subatomic particles and cosmic gas clouds alongside drummer Allison Miller's solar-clock swing. –Richard Gehr, Village Voice

Ben Allison - Action-Refraction (2011)  Music

Posted by mark70 at Sept. 6, 2011
Ben Allison - Action-Refraction (2011)

Ben Allison - Action-Refraction (2011)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 42:51 min | 95,6 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Palmetto Records

The release of Action-Refraction (April 12th / Palmetto) marks gifted bassist, composer and bandleader Ben Allison s 10th album - and first collection of music by other artists. With nine critically acclaimed albums as a bandleader to his credit (the last six reaching #1 on the CMJ National Jazz radio chart), Allison has solidified his rep as a cutting edge composer. To celebrate his 10th, Ben has turned his ear towards the music of some of his favorite artists, creating an inspired, atmospheric - and at times, art-rock - mixtape featuring the music of PJ Harvey, Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk, Neil Young, Samuel Barber and Roger Nichols.

Ben Sidran - Picture Him Happy (2017)  Music

Posted by delpotro at May 7, 2017
Ben Sidran - Picture Him Happy (2017)

Ben Sidran - Picture Him Happy (2017)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 00:45:26 | 266 Mb
Jazz | Label: Bonsaï Music, Nardis Music

"With the title track, Ben Sidran delivers one of the most insightful songs in a career full of them; in it, he rearranges the paradigm to suggest how we might buck up against situations that seem hopeless. His timing couldn't be better. His stylistic mentor, the late Mose Allison, would be proud." - Neil Tesser, Grammy winning author and Host of the syndicated program 'Jazz With Neil Tesser'. PICTURE HIM HAPPY is a response to the saying that our music is made by and for people who have chosen to feel good in spite of conditions: you often can’t affect what happens but you can determine how you respond to it. It’s a record that’s right on time.

Allison Crutchfield - Tourist in This Town (2017)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at April 3, 2017
Allison Crutchfield - Tourist in This Town (2017)

Allison Crutchfield - Tourist in This Town (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +cue, log - 231 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 84 MB | 00:32:28
Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi | Label: Merge Records | Release Year: 2017

The debut full-length by Allison Crutchfield titled Tourist in This Town sonically pulls back the curtain on her life and places Crutchfield center stage, fully revealing her power, conviction, and grace. The Alabama native has immersed herself in music since her teenage years, forming notable bands such as P.S. Eliot and Bad Banana (both with her twin sister Katie of Waxahatchee). In 2012, she co-founded Swearin’ the band in which she would truly begin to formulate and understand her full potential as a songwriter and in 2014, she recorded and released her first solo EP Lean In To It.
Van Morrison - Tell Me Something: The Songs Of Mose Allison (1996)

Van Morrison - Tell Me Something: The Songs Of Mose Allison (1996)
Jazz | 1cd | EAC Rip | Ape + Cue + Log | covers
Verve/Exile, 533 203-2 | rel: 1996 | 270Mb

Great idea on paper - invite rock's Van Morrison, his then-organ/vocal-sidekick Georgie Fame, singer/pianist/producer Ben Sidran, and Mose Allison himself to compile a celebration of one of the most delightfully idiosyncratic songwriters of our time. And these are serious Allison buffs indeed, for they chose tunes from the back catalog that Mose rarely performed live in the '90s, with hardly a well-known Allison standard in the batch (the exception being "I Don't Want Much").
Mose Allison - Ever Since The World Ended (1987) {Blue Note CDP 7 48015 2}

Mose Allison - Ever Since The World Ended (1987) {Blue Note CDP 7 48015 2}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 275 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 109 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 11 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1987 Blue Note | CDP 7 48015 2
Jazz / Jazz Blues / Piano / Vocal Jazz

Mose Allison, who was a musical institution long before 1987, had not run out of creative juices after 30 years of major league performances. This set finds him introducing such ironically truthful songs as "Ever Since The World Ended," "Top Forty," "I Looked In The Mirror" and "What's Your Movie." The many guest artists (including altoist Arthur Blythe, tenor-saxophonist Bennie Wallace, Bob Malach on both alto and tenor and guitarist Kenny Burrell) are unnecessary frivolities but Allison's trio (with bassist Dennis Irwin and drummer Tom Whaley) is tight and ably backs the unique singer-pianist.
Mose Allison - Mose Allison Sings (1963/2006/2014) [Official Digital Download]

Mose Allison - Mose Allison Sings (1963/2006/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 46:25 minutes | 533 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet
Rudy Van Gelder Remaster - 2006

When he arrived in New York, Mississippi native Mose Allison presented himself as a piano player who occasionally sang and played trumpet. This was the balance Allison struck on six memorable Prestige albums recorded between 1957 and ’59; but what really caught the public’s attention and made him one of the music’s most influential crossover artists were Allison’s sly down-home vocals on blues classics and the clever lyrics of his originals. All of the Prestige vocals were originally collected on the LP Mose Allison Sings, which quickly became the definitive Allison collection.
Allison Miller - Otis Was A Polar Bear (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Allison Miller - Otis Was A Polar Bear (2016)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Front Cover | 1.18GB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, The Royal Potato Family

Coming off an intense and emotionally rough period that surrounded the recording and release of 2013's No Morphine No Lilies, drummer Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom is in upbeat, adventurous form on 2016's Otis Was a Polar Bear. Which isn't to say that she and her bandmates weren't game for adventure on No Morphine No Lilies. On the contrary, the group found its footing on that album born out of a tumultuous year that included Miller taking care of her sick girlfriend, two of her bandmates having babies, and Miller drawing attention, some unfairly negative, for a Huffington Post article she wrote about being a lesbian feminist in the jazz world.
Doric String Quartet, Allison Bell - Brett Dean: Epitaphs; String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)

Brett Dean - Epitaphs; String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)
Doric String Quartet; Allison Bell, soprano; Brett Dean, viola

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 246 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Contemporary | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10873 | Time: 01:01:50

Brett Dean is not shy about revealing what his music is ‘about’. Whether inspired by certain individuals (as in Epitaphs), or by an ecological or human disaster (as in his String Quartet No. 1, on the now all too topical plight of refugees), Dean’s works are usually – perhaps invariably – driven by extra-musical narratives. Rather than tease out any innate structural puzzles or tensions, his music typically falls into short little dramatic narratives – no movement on this disc lasts as long as eight minutes, many of them rather less than five. The most obviously successful work here is Quartet No. 2, ‘And once I played Ophelia’, effectively a dramatic scena. Its soprano soloist is no mere extra voice (as in Schoenberg’s Second Quartet) but the leading protagonist. Allison Bell’s genuinely affecting performance is backed by the Doric Quartet’s expressionist scampering and sustained harmonies, the strings occasionally coming to the fore in the manner of a Schumann-style song postlude.

Michael Blake - Tiddy Boom (2014)  Music

Posted by mark70 at Nov. 4, 2016
Michael Blake - Tiddy Boom (2014)

Michael Blake - Tiddy Boom (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks) + Cue + Log | Artwork | 46:59 min | 279 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Sunnyside Communications, Inc. (#SSC 1396)

The New York City based saxophonist Michael Blake has built his reputation by producing albums that "make the familiar sound fresh" (Jim Macnie, Downbeat). That statement couldn't apply better than to Blake's new release, Tiddy Boom, his nod to the magnificent tenor saxophone innovators Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. The session sounds like a classic recording date from the 1950s or 1960s. Tiddy Boom reunites Blake with two of his former Jazz Composers Collective colleagues, bassist Ben Allison and pianist Frank Kimbrough, who, along drummer Rudy Royston, provide effortless support for Blake s tenor sax to flow in any direction he chooses on his program of all original compositions.