|Cowboy Justice is Ben's most forward thinking album to date. Featuring a new quartet with Steve Cardenas , (guitar), Ron Horton (trumpet), and Jeff Ballard (drums), eight original tunes and one cover, Cowboy Justice marks a new direction for this prolific and ever-evolving composer and band leader.
Ben says: “Group communication, an interdependence of sound, happy accidents that are used to musical advantage by inventive minds, the joy of taking risks, the thrill of the unexpected and the restlessness of the creative spirit—all of these things are celebrated in modern jazz, by the people who make it and listen to it. It is American music. It is world music. We make it because it feels natural to do so. It's a complex expression of simple ideas. It's a reminder of why America is a great idea. It's a reflection of this country the way I see it and of its place in the world, not of how it's been recast.”
Tracks are “Tricky Dick,” “Talking Heads,” “Hey Man,” “Emergency,” “Midnight Cowboy,” “Tricky Rides Again,” “Weazy,” “Ruby's Roundabout” and “Blabbermouth.” All compositions are originals by Ben Allison with the exception of “Midnight Cowboy,” by John Barry.
DownBeat Magazine cited Ben as one of the "25 rising jazz stars for the future." He was also featured in the "Bassist of the Year," "Album of the Year," "Composer of the Year," "Acoustic Group of the Year," "Arranger of the Year," and "Jazz Artist of the Year," Rising Star categories of the 2003, 2004, and 2005 Downbeat Critics' Poll.
Ben's five previous releases on Palmetto – Buzz (2004), Peace Pipe (2002), Riding the Nuclear Tiger (2001), Third Eye (1999) and Medicine Wheel (1998) – showcase Ben's original compositions as well as his amazing skills as a composer, arranger and bassist. NPR describes Ben's group as “A band that knows exactly what it is doing at all times. Allison's compositions are complex yet slyly surprising – you don't realize exactly how catchy they are until you find yourself humming them.” Cowboy Justice promises to be no exception, as its selections explore the influence of rock.
Ben has toured extensively throughout the US , Canada , and Europe , winning fans and building new audiences with an adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected. The Boston Globe ranks Ben Allison “among today's best young jazz musicians – Dave Douglas, Don Byron, James Carter, Jason Moran, Ben Allison.”