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The Stars Look Very Different Today (Sonic Camera, 2013)

The Stars Look Very Different Today (Sonic Camera, 2013)

With his 11th genre-bending album, Ben continues his outward expansion, mashing references to the intersecting worlds of science and film. All songs produced, composed, arranged and mixed by Ben, making this his most personal record to date.

Ben Allison – bass
Steve Cardenas – guitar
Brandon Seabrook – guitar, banjo
Allison Miller – drums

  1. D.A.V.E. (Digital Awareness Vector Emulator)
  2. Dr. Zaius
  3. The Ballad of Joe Buck
  4. Neutron Star
  5. No Other Side
  6. Kick It, Man
  7. Swiss Cheese D
  8. Improvisus

Action-Refraction (Palmetto Records, 2011)

Action-Refraction

(Palmetto Records, 2011)

For his 10th album, Ben 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.

Michael Blake – tenor sax, bass clarinet
Jason Lindner – Prophet 08 analog synthesizer, piano
Steve Cardenas – guitar
Brandon Seabrook – guitar (tracks 3,7)
Ben Allison – bass
Rudy Royston – drums

  1. Jackie-ing (Thelonious Monk)
  2. Missed (PJ Harvey)
  3. Some Day We'll All Be Free (Donny Hathaway)
  4. Philadelphia (Neil Young)
  5. St Ita's Vision (Samuel Barber)
  6. We've Only Just Begun (Paul Williams, Roger Nichols)
  7. Broken (Ben Allison)

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Think Free (Palmetto Records, 2009)

Think Free

(Palmetto Records, 2009)

Ben Allison – Bass
Jenny Scheinman – Violin
Shane Endsley – Trumpet
Steve Cardenas – Guitar
Rudy Royston – Drums

All compositions by Ben Allison

  1. Fred
  2. Platypus
  3. Broke
  4. Kramer vs. Kramer vs. Godzilla
  5. Sleeping Giant
  6. Peace Pipe
  7. vs. Godzilla
  8. Green Al

Little Things Run The World (Palmetto Records, 2008)

Little Things Run The World

(Palmetto Records, 2008)

Ben Allison – Bass, Guitar
Steve Cardenas – Guitar
Ron Horton – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Michael Sarin – Drums
Michael Blake – Sax (tracks 2,6,8)

All compositions by Ben Allison, except Jealous Guy (John Lennon), Language of Love (Steve Cardenas)

  1. Respiration
  2. Little Things Run The World
  3. Four Folk Songs
  4. Language of Love
  5. Roll Credits
  6. Blowback
  7. Jealous Guy
  8. Man Size Safe

Cowboy Justice (Palmetto Records, 2006)

Cowboy Justice

(Palmetto Records, 2006)

Ben Allison – Bass, Guitar
Steve Cardenas – Guitar
Ron Horton – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jeff Ballard – Drums

All compositions by Ben Allison

  1. Tricky Dick
  2. Talking Heads
  3. Hey Man
  4. Emergency
  5. Midnight Cowboy
  6. Tricky Rides Again
  7. Weazy
  8. Ruby's Roundabout
  9. Blabbermouth

Buzz (Palmetto Records, 2004)

Buzz (Palmetto Records, 2004)

Ben Allison – Bass
Michael Blake – Saxophones
Ted Nash – Saxophone, Flute
Clark Gayton – Trombone
Frank Kimbrough – Piano, Wurlitzer
Mike Sarin – Drums

All compositions by Ben Allison, except Mauritania (Michael Blake), Erato (Andrew Hill), Across the Universe (John Lennon)

  1. Respiration
  2. Buzz
  3. Green Al
  4. Mauritania
  5. Erato
  6. R&B Fantasy
  7. Across the Universe

Peace Pipe (Palmetto Records, 2002)

Peace Pipe

(Palmetto Records, 2002)

Ben Allison – Bass
Mamadou Diabate – Kora
Michael Blake – Saxophones
Frank Kimbrough – Piano
Mike Sarin – Drums
with
Peter Apfelbaum – Saxophones
Tomas Ulrich – Cello

All compositions by Ben Allison, except Dakan (Mamadou Diabate), Goin' Back (Neil Young)

  1. Third Rail
  2. Slap Happy
  3. Peace Pipe
  4. Dakan
  5. Goin' Back
  6. Disposable Genius
  7. Music is Music
  8. Realization
  9. Mantra

Riding The Nuclear Tiger (Palmetto Records, 2001)

Riding The Nuclear Tiger

(Palmetto Records, 2001)

Ben Allison – Bass
Michael Blake – Saxophones
Ted Nash – Saxophones
Tomas Ulrich – Cello
Frank Kimbrough – Piano
Ron Horton – Trumpet
Jeff Ballard – Drums

All compositions by Ben Allison, except Harlem River Line (Michael Blake)

  1. Riding the Nuclear Tiger
  2. Jazz Scene Voyeur
  3. Love Chant Remix
  4. Swiss Cheese D
  5. Weazy
  6. Charlie Brown's Psychedelic Christmas
  7. Harlem River Line
  8. Mysterious Visitor
  9. Tectonics

Third Eye (Palmetto Records, 1999)

Third Eye

(Palmetto Records, 1999)

Ben Allison – Bass
Michael Blake – Saxophones
Ted Nash – Saxophones
Tomas Ulrich – Cello
Frank Kimbrough – Piano
Ron Horton – Trumpet
Jeff Ballard – Drums
Ara Dinkjian – Oud, Cumbus

All compositions by Ben Allison, except Love is Proximity (Herbie Nichols)

  1. Four Folk Songs
  2. Love Is Proximity
  3. Kush
  4. Random Sex and Violins
  5. Mantra
  6. A Life in the Day of Man Ray
  7. Andrew
  8. Hot Head
  9. Pot Head

Medicine Wheel (Palmetto Records, 1998)

Medicine Wheel

(Palmetto Records, 1998)

Ben Allison – Bass
Michael Blake – Saxophones
Ted Nash – Saxophones
Tomas Ulrich – Cello
Frank Kimbrough – Piano
Ron Horton – Trumpet
Jeff Ballard – Drums

All compositions by Ben Allison

  1. Spy
  2. Mousetrap
  3. Buzz
  4. Apostles of the Ugly
  5. Blabbermouth
  6. Spy (detail)
  7. Quirky Dungeon
  8. Tiny C

Seven Arrows (Palmetto Records, 1996)

Seven Arrows

(Palmetto Records, 1996)

Ben Allison – Bass
Ted Nash – Saxophones
Ron Horton – Trumpet
Frank Kimbrough – Piano
Tim Horner – Drums

All compositions by Ben Allison

  1. Dragzilla
  2. Reflections of Desire
  3. Delirioso
  4. Little Boy
  5. Cosmic Groove Slinky
  6. Forgetting, For Now
  7. King of a One Man Planet