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Geri Allen: The Life of a Song

Read "The Life of a Song" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

It's great to hear Geri Allen cut loose and play with abandon on this mostly trio effort (Mal Waldron's “Soul Eyes has trumpet, sax, and trombone briefly added). Hailing from Detroit and admittedly influenced by the Motown sound and feel, Allen plays with a refreshingly honest direction and immediacy. This particular trio, with Jack DeJohnette and ...

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Geri Allen: The Life of a Song

Read "The Life of a Song" reviewed by Jim Santella

Geri Allen's piano trio gives her plenty of room to navigate. With her first recording in six years, she's captivating and adventuresome in her approach. Allen, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette forge their reunion with broad strokes and sprightly melodies. A constant motion gives the session life. While the pianist's eight original compositions give ...

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Geri Allen: The Life of a Song

Read "The Life of a Song" reviewed by John Kelman

It's a safe bet to say that any good album will not only bear repeated listens, it will benefit by them, as hitherto unheard layers are revealed and subtle nuances are brought to light. But Geri Allen's new release, The Life of a Song , demands to be heard more than once because there is such ...

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Geri Allen: The Life of a Song

Read "The Life of a Song" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A couple of things come to mind when listening to this recording. One is that all three of the principals were linked professionally to Miles Davis. The rhythm section of Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette were part of Miles' monumental Bitches Brew sessions. Geri Allen's connection is a bit more out of the way in that ...