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Flying Toward The Sound by Geri Allen

On this solo CD, Geri Allen doesn’t hide her influences. The cover proclaims it "inspired by Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock." It definitely is. Yet this ethereal CD has its own distinct sound, sensibility and poetic voice. Producing such a complex project isn’t easy.

Fortunately for us, Geri was awarded the 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Music Composition which permitted her to take the time needed to conceptualize, compose and record this project. The suite, "Refractions: Flying Toward The Sound," comprises eight of its nine tracks. Her style is sometimes light, sometimes, ornate, sometimes percussive but always flowing and atmospheric. Definitely suitable for repeated listenings.

Geri is a seasoned, innovative performer, and this is her third live CD; her performance throughout sparkles. Born in Pontiac, Michigan in 1957, Geri was raised in Detroit. Her first album, "Printmakers," was released in 1984, two years after she moved to New York and one year after she debuted on a Joseph Jarman disk called "Inheritance." During the 1980s, she played with bassist Charlie Haden and Paul Motian, and she also played on Motian’s album, "Monk in Motian." Currently resident in Detroit, she is married to trumpeter Wallace Roney.

The CD includes a bonus treat three low-resolution MPEG-4 video selections from an art project, "Refractions" by Kerry Mae Reems, which uses the Geri’s suite for both soundtrack and sonic backdrop.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Geri Allen
  • CD Title: Flying Toward The Sound
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Record Label: Motema
  • Rating: Five Stars
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