When Downbeat Magazine wrote that “Allison Miller’s sponge-like love of all things musical could only mean she was destined to play it all,” the venerable jazz publication had not yet even heard the drummer and composer’s sophomore release with her Boom Tic Boom band, No Morphine, No Lilies (The Royal Potato Family, Release Date: April 16, 2013). But they were right on the money: this leading-edge quartet’s new music—featuring Myra Melford on piano, Jenny Scheinman on violin, Todd Sickafoose on bass and Miller on drums—is at turns challenging and accessible, teasing and tough, virtuosic but never overbearing. It thrives on surprises and projects a vast array of tonal colors, rhythmic and harmonic shape-shifts and rich emotions.Featuring 11 compelling and far-reaching compositions, No Morphine, No Lilies—co-produced by Miller and Sickafoose—confirms that Allison Miller is not only, as the L.A. Times put it, “one of the most promising drummers in the game,” but one of the most forward-thinking jazz artists of today.