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Think Free

  • 1. Fred
    2. Platypus
    3. Broke
    4. Kramer vs. Kramer vs. Godzilla
    5. Sleeping Giant
    6. Peace Pipe
    7. Vs. Godzilla
    8. Green Al
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PM 2140

  • Credits
    ProducerMatt Balitsaris; Ben Allison
    EngineerMatt Balitsaris

    Personnel: Steve Cardenas (guitar); Jenny Scheinman (violin); Shane Endsley (trumpet); Rudy Royston (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Matt Balitsaris; Ben Allison.
    THINK FREE is the third recording veteran bassist and bandleader Ben Allison has recorded for Palmetto and his eighth overall. His first two, COWBOY JUSTICE (2006) and LITTLE THINGS RUN THE WORLD(2008), were signposts to this one. On the former, Allison used funk and even rock sign posts--even as he relied on the jazz tradition to make a political statement about 9/11 and then-president George W. Bush's two wars. On the latter, Allison used his compositional and arranging skills to create a series of musical montages that came out of the jazz framework and looked (albeit in a skewed way) at the schemata of popular music in order to express harmonic ideas, and he used colors and textures to articulate ideas that were clearly outside the jazz idiom. It is a wonderfully complex set that is nonetheless extremely listenable.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.73) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he floating ease with which the tunes on THINK FREE unfold, whether painted with minimalist strokes or dappled with edgy electronic voicings, provides its own rewards."
    JazzTimes (p.56) - "Allison himself works in some brief moments of solo spotlight but mostly keeps his mind and ears on the conceptual clock..."
    Billboard (p.61) - "THINK FREE is a seamless follow-up to last year's 'Little Things Run the World' and delivers sensual-to-mystical lyricism with subtle grooves."
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