Geri's Dance - The Geri Allen Songbook, Part 1

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This week we celebrate the work of pianist Geri Allen whose contribution to the jazz world was cut short too early. The fruits of her legacy, however, have already been evident for some time. There are so many among today's pianists who are in their late 40s, from Jason Moran to Ethan Iverson, from Vijay Iyer to Aruán Ortiz or David Virelles, in whose piano playing one can feel the influence of the Pontiac native. And when you hear today's trailblazers looking up to a musician that was just 15-20 years their senior, you know that Geri Allen's repertoire is bound to become an increasingly influential source of inspiration for years to come.

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  • Ben Allison Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Geri Allen "Bed-Sty" Maroons (Blue Note) 0:16
  • Host talks 5:34
  • Tim Ray "Unconditional Love" Excursions and Adventures (Whaling City Sound) 7:00
  • Host talks 13:57
  • Donald Walden "MOPE" A Monk and a Mingus Among Us (JazzWorks) 15:44
  • Geri Allen "Silence and Song / The Nurturer" The Nurturer (Blue Note) 22:40
  • Host talks 32:22
  • Wallace Roney "Village" Village (Warner) 34:02
  • Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet "Le Goo Wop" Box (New World) 40:22
  • Host talks 49:39
  • Don Byron, Aruán Ortiz "Dolphy's Dance" Random Dances and (A)tonalities (Intakt) 51:24
  • Noël Akchoté "See You at Per Tutti's" All I Should've Said (Self-released) 55:31
  • Host talks 57:33
  • Vijay Iyer, Craig Taborn "Meshwork / Libation / When Kabuya Dances" The Transitory Poems (ECM) 58:39

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