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Ben Allison is a bassist/composer from New York City.

Ben leads the groups The Ben Allison Band, Man Size Safe, Peace Pipe, and Medicine Wheel and composes and performs instrumental music that utilizes a lot of improvisation and incorporates a wide range of musical influences - including rock, folk, jazz, R&B, Malian Griot music, Armenian folk themes, 20th century serialism, and Italian film scores. He is known for his driving, rhythmic approach to the bass and lyrical, cinematic compositions.

Ben has released eleven albums - The Stars Look Very Different Today (2013, Sonic Camera Records), and Action-Refraction (2011), Think Free (2009), Little Things Run the World (2008), Cowboy Justice (2006), Buzz (2004), Peace Pipe (2002), Riding the Nuclear Tiger (2001), Third Eye (1999), and Medicine Wheel (1998), Seven Arrows (1996) on Palmetto Records.

Ben has received 7 SESAC Performance Awards for national radio airplay and the BIrd Award for artistic excellence (2005, Netherlands).

In June, 2012 Ben testified before the US Congress on the subject of musician’s performing rights.

At the age of twenty-five, he formed the Jazz Composers Collective - a musician-run, non-profit organization based in New York City that is dedicated to constructing an environment where artists can exercise their ideals of creating and risking through the development and exploration of new music.


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