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Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom: Glitter Wolf (Royal Potato Family)

You could almost see it coming. Boom Tic Boom’s four previous records were like bread crumbs leading longtime listeners to this new jewel. On its 2010 debut the band documented itself as a trio (albeit with a one-track visit from fellow traveler Jenny Scheinman). Bassist Todd Sickafoose and pianist Myra Melford were all drummer Allison … Read More “Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom: Glitter Wolf (Royal Potato Family)”

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Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom: Otis Was a Polar Bear

The cutesy title of Otis Was a Polar Bear, the third album by drummer-composer Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom sextet, is not an anomaly. Inspired by the birth of Miller’s first child, the album exudes preciousness throughout. It seems to want to capture the spirit of children’s music-and unfortunately it’s all too successful. It starts … Read More “Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom: Otis Was a Polar Bear”

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No Morphine, No Lilies: Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom

True to its name, Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom wastes no time revealing its fondness for shaking, rattling and rolling. On the opener, “Pork Belly,” we’re greeted by Todd Sickafoose’s huge, bottom-heavy bass tones and the leader’s deep, voluptuous groove on drums. Pianist Myra Melford pecks and jabs at the stop-start melody, feeds the song’s … Read More “No Morphine, No Lilies: Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom”

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