Allison Miller - Otis Was A Polar Bear
Allison Miller is a malleable drummer and composer whose playing is not overtly showy but features deep and sophisticated groove. Her drumming brings to mind Questlove and John Bonham filtered through jazz music. Her band Boom Tic Boom recently released their fourth album Otis Was A Polar Bear on Royal Potato Family. It features most of my favorite musicians including Jenny Scheinmann on violin, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Ben Goldberg on clarinets, Myra Melford on piano, and Todd Sickafoose on bass. These musicians each have a distinct sound on their instrument and are willing to take risks. The album is infectious and joyful which is no surprise since it is influenced by the birth of Allison’s daughter Josie.