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Tony Allen: There Is No End review | Ammar Kalia’s global album of the month

(Decca France)
More cohesive than many a posthumous release, Allen’s legacy is well-served here, especially on the more experimental tracks

One of the defining characteristics of the late Tony Allen’s drumming was his capacity to switch register at a moment’s notice. His is typically a hard-swinging, syncopated groove that can be sharply interrupted by a burst of air through the hi-hats and a rattling fill on the toms, making us aware of his presence not just as a solid sideman but as a spacious soloist, too.

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