Geri Allen: The Life of a Song (2004)
An exciting pianist, Allen turns "The Experimental Movement" on its heels with a powerful attack. The trio's underlying rhythmic current binds her darting phrases together as she moves about energetically. Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" and Mal Waldron's "Soul Eyes" add a symbiotic relief to the program, as the pianist paints her lullaby interpretations with pastel colors. Bud Powell's "Dance of the Infidels" provides the trio with a straight-ahead walk through jazz's tradition, as Allen lets loose with fists full of keys and dynamic strides all over the keyboard. The trio carries this memorable piece to fruition.
Her title track swings with a carefree melody that allows room for each of the three artists to stretch out. Her cohesive trio gives Allen a hearty welcome back as she returns to the studio with her virtuosic technique and rejuvenated love for a lyrical melody.
Track Listing: LWB's House; Mounts and Mountains; Lush Life; In Appreciation: A Celebration Song; The Experimental Movement; Holdin' Court; Dance of the Infidels; Unconditional Love; The Life of a Song; Black Bottom; Soul Eyes.
Personnel: Geri Allen: piano; Dave Holland: bass; Jack DeJohnette: drums; Marcus Belgrave: flugelhorn solo on "Soul Eyes;" Dwight Andrews: tenor saxophone on "Soul Eyes;" Clifton Anderson: trombone on "Soul Eyes."
Record Label: Telarc Records