“A surprising and stunning album.” Christian Science Monitor
“Allison’s best yet. Truly sublime.” Huffington Post
“Audacious sci-fi jazz.” Denver Post
We're excited to announce the full release of Ben's 11th album, The Stars Look Very Different Today (Sonic Camera Records). CDs are now available at benallison.com/music.
For the audiophiles among you, the 24-bit "Studio Masters" version of the album is also available exclusively on the site, along with 320k mp3s, FLACs, AACs and a unique "musicians" package which contains the full album plus sheet music (full scores and parts) for all the compositions.
The Stars Look Very Different Today features Ben's brilliant working band of Brandon Seabrook (guitar and banjo), Steve Cardenas (guitar) and Allison Miller (drums), each accomplished bandleaders in their own right. Ben not only wrote and arranged the entire album, but for the first time produced and mixed it as well, making this his most personal album to date. The title, drawn from a line in David Bowie’s early hit Space Oddity, reflects Allison’s lifelong fascination with science, technology and film. These themes are expounded upon throughout the course of the album’s eight boldly-constructed, cinematic tracks, which include five premieres, two re-imagined earlier pieces and one wholly improvised vignette featuring bass and guitar-driven tape loops.
Listen to Ben's interview on NPR's All Things Considered
Listen to Ben and the band perform live, in the studio on WNYC's Soundcheck