March 04, 2013

ASCAP Audio Portrait: Allison Miller's No Morphine, No Lilies

No Morphine, No Lilies

No Morphine, No Lilies, Allison Miller
Allison Miller says her compositions arose amid life-changing challenges.

Allison Miller says many pieces hadn't been tried before recording them.

Boom Tic Boom
Allison Miller says one of her goals is to showcase her remarkable band.

Allison Miller wanted to record this song from the first time she heard it.

Sun Comes Up The Reservoir
Allison Miller's piece dedicted to the late great drummer, Paul Motian.

Allison Miller is an acclaimed drummer with a storied pop career. She's less well-known as a modern jazz composer, although her Boom Tic Boom quartet's sophomore release, No Morphine, No Lilies, should remedy that. Miller, who writes on the piano, has as extraordinary an ear for melody as she does for time. The CD is filled with striking, poignant, reflective pieces played magnificently by pianist Myra Melford, violinist Jenny Scheinman, bassist Todd Sickafoose and other guests.