The release of Quiet Revolution (Sonic Camera Records) on CD, mp3 and 24 bit FLAC formats promises to introduce the album to its widest audience yet. Previously available only on vinyl (Newvelle Records, 2016), Quiet Revolution has been remixed and remastered in stunning high resolution by Ben Allison.
The album features the trio of Ben Allison (bass), Steve Cardenas (acoustic guitar), and Ted Nash (tenor saxophone, clarinet) playing compositions by legendary musicians Jim Hall and Jimmy Giuffre. Three originals and a theme by film composer Alex North round out the program. Two of the tracks are released here for the first time.
Quiet Revolution is intimate and highly conversational in tone — a “musical trialogue,” where group interplay is the focus.
Says Ben, “Both Jim Hall and Jimmy Giuffre wrote tunes that are perfect vehicles 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.”
Quiet Revolution is the third release by Ben Allison’s Sonic Camera Records label, following The Stars Look Very Different Today (2013) and Layers of the City (2017).
Production of the CD was funded entirely through pre-sales. Quiet Revolution is available on CD and digitally worldwide through iTunes, Amazon and benallison.com.