"New Yorker Allessio is one of the newer breed of bassists with a penchant for arco playing, particularly when soloing prompting the question as to why don't more bassists use the bow when in the spotlight? In the hands of a skilled performer, arco playing offers more harmonic and tonal variation than the single note pizzicato mode favoured by most."
-Bebop Spoken Here
“Allessio plays strong backing to the horns, but is also a highly gifted soloist himself, playing like a saxophonist in terms of invention, both arco and pizzicato, something rarely heard since the days of the late, great Paul Chambers.”
-Jazz Journal International
“As evidenced in the spectacular CD, “The Big Smoke Hustle,” Shane Allessio proved to be an attention-getting master of the double bass. His technical virtuosity is as amazing as his musical imagination and talent. It’s a CD that belongs in every jazz lover’s collection and, hopefully, there will be a lot more CDs of Shane Allessio to inspire and enrich us all.”
-Gary Karr, the world’s leading solo double bassist
“Shane Allessio is a great example of a superior bassist able to perform on both instruments (acoustic and electric) with complete musical virtuosity.”
– Marshall Wood, bassist for music legend Tony Bennett