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Ben Allison and Medicine Wheel: Third Eye

Bassist-composer Allison continues to provide a thoughtful, challenging outlet for his against-the-grain colleagues and kindred spirits in Medicine Wheel. Each member of this intriguing ensemble that operates in and around New York’s downtown alternative jazz scene is an exceptional improviser, composer and bandleader in his own right as well as a member of the Jazz Composer’s Collective, a musician-run composers forum which Allison founded.

Part sound alchemist, part romanticist, part world music enthusiast, part renegade jazzbo, Allison’s music on this second Medicine Wheel project strikes a wonderful balance between form and freedom, allowing for plenty of stretching within the confines of his richly appointed, often provocative material.

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