Ben Allison is a popular guest at the North Sea Jazz Festival andmay rightly be termed one of the major young jazz musicians of theday. In 2005, he won the Paul Acket Award 'Artist Deserving WiderRecognition'.
As a bassist, band leader and composer, he unites different talentsand because of that he is able to explore his preference forapproaching all aspects of jazz as a single whole. He tours withgreatly varying line-ups like Peace Pipe and Medicine Wheel and atthe festival this year he is performing with Man Size Safe. Hecalls this line-up his 'Americana' band. It allows him theopportunity to link up American rock history with contemporary jazzand to thus forge a balance between cohesive compositions andmodern improvisations. His musical views are very lively and thisis reflected in his dynamic playing. He feels perfectly at home inavant-garde music but can just as easily play straightforwardjazz.