On his new album, Layers of the City, bassist, composer, producer Ben Allison and his group focus on melody, groove and texture in equal measures, engaging in the kind of group interplay that has become a hallmark of their style. Composed, arranged, produced and mixed by Ben, Layers of the City is a true tour-de-force by an artist who’s always pushing the boundaries of his self-expression. It’s his 12th album as a leader and 2nd to be release on his label Sonic Camera Records.
The album features Ben’s band Think Free, which is comprised of some of New York’s most creative improvising musicians, including Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Steve Cardenas (guitar), Frank Kimbrough (piano), and Allan Mednard (drums). Ben plays acoustic bass and, for the first time on record, electric bass.