Ben Allison


Doing their job under some of the most memorable jazz melodies being written, Allison’s rhythms glow with a rock-tinged heat. Across his work, the bassist employs pulse in masterful ways, sometimes using it to turn a dime, other times to buoy a beat or enhance syncopation. And while he’s long had guitars in his ever-changing bands, this unit with Steve Cardenas and Brandon Seabrook might tilt almost toward Crazy Horse territory.

Sat., March 31, 9 & 10:30 p.m., 2012