Geri Allen: Lush Life
Geri Allen (piano)
The Life of a Song (Telarc CD-83598)
Composed by Billy Strayhorn.
Recorded: New York, January 16-17, 2004
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
In her solo intro, Allen displays a beautiful piano sound and gorgeous voicings that emphasize the sheer beauty of Strayhorn's composition. The trio part carries on with this mood, accentuating the swing but never straying too far from the melody until the last three minutes of the track. And when it does, Allen's improvisation sounds so inspired and bathed in the atmosphere she formerly created, that it's a wonder. Great partners like Holland and DeJohnette and beautiful material like Strayhorn's song are not enough; Geri Allen shows a deep understanding of this tune. An understanding that involves the brain, the heart, and some fingers, too.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum