BEN ALISON

Quiet Rev­o­lu­tion (Newvelle NV005LP)

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Again, the sound! This may be Newvelle Records’ finest ex­am­ple of vinyl au­dio ver­ité yet. All the in­stru­ments—Ben Al­li­son’s dou­ble bass, Ted Nash’s alto sax­o­phone or clar­inet and Steve Car­de­nas ny­lon-string or steel-string acous­tic gui­tar—have ex­tra­or­di­nary pres­ence. It is as though the air in the room is be­ing jos­tled about by the real de­vices rather than a pair of speak­ers. Half the songs on the al­bum are by Jim Hall, so this is not an al­bum to as­sault you au­rally. Rather it is about nu­anced in­ter­play, beau­ti­ful sounds and svelte grooves. That’s not to say some vigour is not wheeled out when re­quired, but the fact that no am­pli­fied in­stru­ment is in­volved lends an or­ganic qual­ity to the col­lec­tive sound that is only mag­ni­fied by the su­perb record­ing qual­ity.

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