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Everything and Nothing

by Shane Allessio

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Canon 06:29
Willow 04:57
J.S. 08:57
B.H.U. 07:51


Everything and Nothing is Shane Allessio's 4th studio album, recorded in Methuen, MA on July 20th and August 23rd, 2021. Notes about the songs:

-Shoulder Sauce is a funky groove that was written a decade ago and has finally been given its own melody.

-Canon is just that, a canon. Saxophone starts the melody and guitar plays the same melody 8 bars later.

-Henniker Blues is the story of being quarantined in Henniker, NH.

-Willow is a tribute to Shane's 4-year-old daughter who tends to run everywhere she goes, and that's the mood of the piece.

-Bachianas Brasileiras was written by Heitor Villa-Lobos originally for 12 cellos and voice. In this arrangement the voice part is played by the bass, the 12 cellos are condensed to a guitar, and a light drum groove is added.

-Pitter Panther Patter is a classic 1939 tune composed by Duke Ellington for a duet with famed bassist Jimmy Blanton. In this arrangement the piano part is played by guitar.

-J.S. is a tribute to renowned bassist and educator Jim Stinnett. Jim passed away in 2021, but his legacy will live on for a very long time.

-B.H.U. was written in during Shane's stint in a behavioral health unit in Nashua, NH.

-Everything and Nothing was written about Shane's medically supervised ketamine treatments.


released October 8, 2021

Shane Allessio, bass/composer; Bill Jones, tenor sax; Christopher M Brown, guitar; Thomas Arey, drums; Jon Chase, mixing; Rachel Allessio, album artwork. All compositions by Shane Allessio except Bachianas Brasileiras by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Pitter Panther Patter by Duke Ellington.


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Shane Allessio New York, New York

Shane Allessio plays a wide variety of music... as long as it swings! Between booming pizzicato and swinging arco his bass sound is visceral and raw. Compositionally he blends the classic sounds and styles of Jelly Roll, Duke and Mingus with modern sensibilities. ... more

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