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Ben Allison Band and Baltimore Special

Jez Nelson presents a concert by US bassist and composer Ben Allison with his Americana-influenced band, including violinist Jenny Scheinman and Steve Cardenas on guitar.

Jez Nelson presents a concert by New York bassist and composer Ben Allison on his only date in the UK. Performing music from his forthcoming album, Allison combines memorable melodies, and the influence of American rock and folk, with avant-jazz and some adventurous and intricate ensemble writing.

The band features a cast of New York's finest players: violinist Jenny Scheinman, guitarist Steve Cardenas, drummer Rudy Royston and saxophonist Michael Blake.

Jez also talks to online jazz writer and resident of Maryland Bill Shoemaker about the Baltimore jazz scene.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Joby Waldman.

1 hour, 45 minutes

Music Played

  • Interview With Bill Shoemaker On The Baltimore Scene

    • The Blind Boys of Alabama

      Way Down in the Hole (Theme from The Wire)

      • Spirit of the Century.
      • Real World.
    • Lafayette Gilchrist

      Towards the Shining Path

      • Towards the Shining Path.
      • Hyena.
    • Gary Thomas

      Is Everything Relative?

      • Pariah’s Pariah.
      • Winter & Winter.
    • John Berndt

      The Alloy of Summer and Mind

      • New Logic for Old Saxophones.
      • Creative Source Records.
    • Microkingdom

      Aire Metal

      • Three Compositions of No Jazz.
      • Friends Records.
  • Ben Allison Band Recorded At Turner Sims, Southampton On 4 February 2011

    • Untitled

      Line up: Michael Blake (saxophones), Jenny Scheinman (violin), Ben Allison (bass), Steve Cardenas (guitar), Rudy Royston (drums)

    • Ben Allison Band

      Jackie Ing

      Composer: Thelonious Monk

    • Ben Allison Band

      The Green Al

      Composer: Ben Allison

    • Ben Allison Band

      Broke

      Composer: Ben Allison

    • Ben Allison Band

      Roll Credits

      Composer: Ben Allison

  • Discussion With Bill Shoemaker On The Ben Allison Band

    • Untitled

  • Ben Allison Band Recorded At Turner Sims, Southampton On 4 February 2011

    • Ben Allison Band

      Mantra

      Composer: Ben Allison

    • Ben Allison Band

      We've Only Just Begun

      Composer: Roger Nichols/Paul Williams

    • Ben Allison Band

      Respiration

      Composer: Ben Allison

  • Brad Mehldau

    My Favorite Things

    • Live in Marciac.
    • Nonesuch.

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