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Ben Allison archive

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

Read Ben Allison: Leading A Stellar Band Far Beyond The World

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

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Read The Best Jazz Of 2011

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

25 Favorites: From Adele To Big K.R.I.T.

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

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

Read Jazz Man Ben Allison: Personal And Unpredictable

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.

Listen Interview And Online Chat With Bassist Ben Allison

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

Read First Listen: Ben Allison, 'Action-Refraction'

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

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

Listen Ben Allison In Concert: Newport Jazz Festival 2010 WBGO

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

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Listen The Year's Best New Jazz

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

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Ted Nash

Listen Ted Nash: The Mancini Project On JazzSet WBGO

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

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Listen A Turn to Simplicity for a Progressive Jazz Composer

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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