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Album · 2019

Filed under Fusion
By ALLISON MILLER

Tracklist

1 Congratulations And Condolences
2 The Ride
3 Malaga
4 Zev - The Phoenix
5 Daughter And Sun
6 White Wolf
7 Welcome Hotel
8 Vine And Vein
9 Glitter Wolf
10 Valley Of The Giants

Line-up/Musicians

Bass – Todd Sickafoose
Clarinet, Contra-Alto Clarinet – Ben Goldberg
Cornet – Kirk Knuffke
Drums, Vibraphone, Celesta [Celeste] – Allison Miller
Piano, Harmonium – Myra Melford
Violin – Jenny Scheinman

About this release

Royal Potato Family RPF1900 (US)

Recorded At Fantasy Studios

Thanks to snobb for the addition and js for the updates

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snobb
Perfectionist modern jazz album sounding as if it is a progressive rock one. First new(coming from 2019) release in my player with serious chance to win a place on year's top list.

Drummer Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom is a super-group of sort with varying line up and number of members but in all cases rooted around her,bassist Todd Sickafoose and violinist Jenny Scheinman. On different stages cellist Eric Friedlander and pianist Myra Melford were the members among others. "Glitter Wolf" is recorded by sextet improving core trio with pianist Myra Melford, cornetist Kirk Knuffke and clarinet player Ben Goldberg.

Tightly composed melodic and quite complex musical material is played by the band intensively gigging for two years - one can hear how perfectly they feel each other! Miller's drumming pushes well produced(under the hands of Ani DiFranco & Carly Simon producer Julie Wolf) songs ahead with muscular energy more common for rock albums. At the same time, all things happen under perfect control avoiding chaos or directionless development. There are no lyrics/vocals otherwise the album could be alternatively classified as excellent art-rock work. Each composition has it's own face, atmosphere and is precisely executed.

Differently from some modern jazz albums, "Glitter Wolf"(isn't the title sounding rockish?) successfully avoids sterile chamber/academic sound. It often sounds as your morning alternative music TV, all these young guys with beards singing their songs with guitars somewhere out of town at the sunrise...

It is jazz sounding as rock or just cross-genre music without formalism and repetitiveness, radiating positive energy - really rare thing our days. It must be heard!

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