Ben Allison to Release New Album 'Layers of the City'

Bassist, composer and bandleader Ben Allison is one of the most deliberate and focused figures in jazz, a musician who conveys a clear-cut conception in everything he does.
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On June 27, 2017 bassist/composer/producer Ben Allison will release Layers of the City, his 12th album of original music and the second to be released on his label Sonic Camera Records.

The album features his band Think Free, which is comprised of some of New York’s most creative improvising musicians, including Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Steve Cardenas (guitar), Frank Kimbrough (piano), and Allan Mednard (drums). Ben plays acoustic bass and, for the first time on record, electric bass.

“Layers of the City is a title that has a lot of meaning for me,” said Ben. “The ‘City’ in this case is New York, my home, where my parents were born, and where their parents arrived as immigrants. The people who live here are from everywhere. The layers of the city are reflected in the grime and uneven slope of old tenement buildings, the gleam and perfect angles of modern glass structures, the makeshift and the honed, the worn out and the state of the art, and everything in between. These juxtapositions, coupled with the cultural diversity of NYC, produce a unique kind of energy and vitality. This is why I live here.”

The album contains all original compositions by Ben, including four new compositions, two re-imagined, previously recorded tunes and, as with all of his releases, a freely-improvised piece.

Layers of the City will be available worldwide through iTunes, Amazon and

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