Au, Allison

Ontario Arts, 2016CD
Instrument: Saxophone

Issue: 22.3

Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 3
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: Allison Au is a composer, saxophonist and band leader who we enjoyed on her first release The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey (4/4) and her latest release, Forest Groove is even better. Au has an approachable style that is rich and warm. Her parents are Chinese and Jewish and she grew up in Toronto, a melting pot. That DNA and environment spills through in her music. Check out “Aureole” for a taste of it. Felicity Williams adds voice on three selections mirroring Au’s sax melodies notably on “The Clearing”. Allison in on a nice track not littering her releases with inconsequential filler. The content is strong and provocative, signs of a musician with staying power!


Publicist: Orange Grove