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Concerts

Ben Allison Band in concert at Newport Jazz 2010; credit: Erik Jacobs for NPR

August 8, 2010 The bassist's constant search for new timbres has made him one of the most engaging composers today.

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April 8, 2010 Nash adapts Henry Mancini themes for quartet at the Detroit International Jazz Festival.

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Interviews & Profiles

The Stars Look Very Different Today, the new album from bassist and composer Ben Allison (far right) and his band, comes out Dec. 3.

December 1, 2013 Jazz bassist and composer Ben Allison discusses his new album, The Stars Look Very Different Today.

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Ben Allison says that putting a personal spin on the songs he loves often requires breaking them apart.

June 11, 2011 A bassist and composer, Allison reveals the challenges of covering songs he loves.

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On Action-Refraction, due out April 12, Ben Allison covers an eclectic set of songs by everyone from Thelonious Monk to The Carpenters.

April 7, 2011 Hear a discussion with the bassist about his new album of covers. But first, here are the originals.

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January 19, 2008 Bassist Ben Allison's new album, recorded with a new band, draws from his roots in rock music.

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Discover Songs

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October 19, 2009 The latest mix from All Songs Considered features some of the best new jazz recordings of 2009.

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More Stories

The cover art to Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook.

December 9, 2011 Here are 10 examples of radical imagination, and radical re-imagination, in a great year for jazz.

Adele 21 album cover.

June 14, 2011 The list of our 25 favorite albums of the year so far includes Adele and more artists from A to B.

On Action-Refraction, due out April 12, Ben Allison covers an eclectic set of songs by everyone from Thelonious Monk to The Carpenters.

April 3, 2011 A bassist known for writing jazz music that sounds like rock programs an eclectic set of covers.

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