Ben Allison & The Easy Way
Ben Allison - bass
Steve Cardenas - guitar
Ted Nash - saxophone, clarinet
For this special project, Ben teams up with two leading lights of the NYC music scene, Steve Cardenas and Ted Nash to form a group modeled after the drummerless trios of Jimmy Giuffre. The trio performs tunes by Giuffre and Jim hall, as well as originals inspired by their music. Their first album, quiet revolution is available on Sonic Camera Records.
new album-QUIET REVOLUTION
“Quiet Revolution is intimate and highly conversational in tone — a ‘musical trialogue,’ where group interplay is the focus.”
Quiet Revolution, the project’s debut album, was originally released in 2016 only on vinyl by Newvelle Records. For this CD and digital release, Ben has remixed and remastered the album in stunning high resolution and released it on Sonic Camera Records in mp3, 24 bit FLAC and CD formats. The album features compositions by legendary musicians Jim Hall and Jimmy Giuffre. Three originals and a theme by film composer Alex North round out the album. Two of the tracks are released here for the first time.
“Both Jim Hall and Jimmy Giuffre wrote tunes that are perfect for having free-flowing conversations in the moment. Giuffre’s drummerless trios of the 1950s and 60s have always fascinated me. As jazz was becoming more abstract, expressionistic and at times bombastic, Giuffre and Hall were going in the opposite direction. They were envisioning quieter music that embraced the emerging elements of free playing, while maintaining blues- based folk qualities. This music has a unique kind of sophisticated simplicity that has stood the test of time.”