Re: That thing called jazz / Ben Allison / Antibalas

From: Denise Benson (
Date: Thu Mar 07 2002 - 00:45:41 CET

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    hey there John + listees,

    Just catching up on the archives after a busy busy stretch and noticed this
    one. Yeah, putting my hand up as a fan of both Matthew Shipp and Ben Allison.
    Am really digging the new Shipp release 'Nu Bop,' definitely taking his out
    there sounds even further. Not surprisingly, he seems to fall between the
    cracks where jazz purists and electronic fans are concerned as he's jazz,
    electronic and neither. Highly recommend that one.

    Also love Ben Allison's stuff, at least what I've been able to hear thus far.
    He comes from a much more organic place, but is really open where rhythms are
    concerned. Stunning stand-up bass playing of course! BTW, here's a link to a
    piece I wrote on Ben when he and his Medicine Wheel band were in Toronto last
    September. They put on one helluva show!

    And, while I'm passing along links and self-promo of sorts, this one goes out
    to everyone recently involved in the discussion of Afrobeat, including
    Antibalas and the like. I've written the cover story for the brand new issue of
    Exclaim's on Antibalas, with a heavy dose of Fela related
    thoughts. Tried to cover lots of angles here and have been getting really good
    response thus far. If you're interested, check here and follow the link. Feel
    free to let me know what'cha think. BTW, the new album, Talkatif, is excellent
    IMHO, much tighter than earlier work. Out later this month, the 19th I believe,
    on Ninja. Here goes:


    "John C. Tripp" wrote:

    > I was just wondering if anybody out there's been listening to any "Jazz"
    > lately. I just read an article on Matthew Shipp and Ben Allison that
    > discussed their connection with electronica. Anybody diggin' their work?
    > Both artists are highly regarded amongst their peers and in the NYC scene,
    > though they might not raise eyebrows like the Boreds of Canada. Also, what's
    > up with those Medeski, Martin cats these days or John Scofield for that
    > matter.

    -denise benson-

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