Geri's Dance - The Geri Allen Songbook, Part 2

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Welcome to the second part of this week's edition of Mondo Jazz dedicated to the one and only Geri Allen (click here for Part 1), the monumental pianist who would have turned 65 this year, and has left a body of work that will continue to play a fundamental influence on generations of musicians. Her unique synthesis of influences comes across through a beautiful songbook which we'll explore through her original interpretations and those of her peers.

Happy listening!


  • Ben Allison Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Geri Allen, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette "In Appreciation: A Celebration Song" The Life of a Song (Telarc) 0:16
  • Host talks 6:26
  • Vijay Iyer "Drummer's Song" Uneasy (ECM) 14:41
  • Host talks 8:03
  • Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio "For Fr. Peter O'Brien" Perfection (Motema) 15:50
  • Geri Allen "No More Mr. Nice Guy" In The Year Of The Dragon (JMT) 21:22
  • Host talks 28:24
  • Steve Coleman Group "The Glide Was in the Ride" Motherland Pulse (JMT) 30:10
  • Gary Thomas & Seventh Quadrant "Janala" By Any Means Necessary (JMT) 34:07
  • Steve Coleman & 5 Elements "Dream State" World Expansion (JMT) 36:40
  • Host talks 43:14
  • Dianne Reeves "Unconditional Love (For You)" Beautiful Life (Concord) 44:14
  • Ben Waltzer Trio "Rain" 1996 (Fresh Sound/New Talent) 49:52
  • Host talks 57:01
  • Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet "Theme X (Dedicated to Geri Allen)" Whenufindituwillknow (Golden) 59:12
  • Gerald Cleaver "Geri Allen" Griots (577) 1:04:52
  • Kassa Overall "Was She Happy (For Geri Allen) [Feat. Vijay Iyer]" I Think I'm Good (Brownswood) 1:10:06
  • Host talks 1:13:46
  • Geri Allen, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette "LWB's House (The Remix)" The Life of a Song (Telarc) 1:16:18

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