Artist: Geri Allen | Album: The Life Of A Song | Released: 2004 | Quality: SACD-R ( DST 5.1, DST 2.0 Bitrate: 1 Bit/2.8MHz ) | Label: Telarc | Catalog #: SACD-63598 | Genre: Jazz
The Life of a Song is an album by pianist Geri Allen recorded in 2004 and released on the Telarc label. The album reunited Allen with drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Dave Holland; they had previously performed together on vocalist Betty CarterвЂ™s live 1993 album, Feed the Fire.
вЂњThis is a trio date that has all the elements: an indefatigable lyricism and honesty of emotion, as well as beautiful colors and deft, even uncanny engagements among the three principals. What a welcome return for Allen, who expertly displays sheвЂ™s been refining her chops and listening deeply to her Muse these past six yearsвЂќ. The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded it 4 stars calling it вЂњa graceful mixture of originals and standards that not only reference past performances but create a shimmering unity of sound that one can readily imagine hovering in the ether long after the record is over.
Although Geri AllenвЂ™s versions of standards are marvelously performed, it is her originals that distinguish The Life of a Song. SheвЂ™s writing fresh, distinctive songs that are made even better when performed by a master trio.
Amazon review by William A. Phillips:
Having listened to Geri Allen for decades, this is one of her finest works to date. Her technical abilities allow her to express, musically and artistically, what she is trying to communicate to the listener. The sonorities, colors and hues that she coaxes from her chord voicings are simply put, beautiful with a complex simplicity. She is the master chef at the piano, adding just the right spice at the right time on the classic Lush Life. This music is mature yet playful and exciting. While this CD is done in the traditional jazz trio format (piano, bass and drum), you will not miss the often вЂњover producedвЂќ recordings which so many less talented artists have on the market today. Geri says it all in her own style and in her own unique way. She has employed the assistance of two of the finest musicians (Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette) on this musical journey. This is an outstanding collection of music. I believe that it will produce compositions which will go on to become standards and classic jazz pieces that will be enjoyed for generations to come. This is a must have CD for any real collection.
Tracklist: 01. LWBвЂ™s House (The Remix)
02. Mounts and Mountains
03. Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
04. In Appreciation: A Celebration Song
05. The Experimental Movement
06. HoldinвЂ™ Court
07. Dance of the Infidels (Bud Powell)
08. Unconditional Love
09. The Life of a Song
10. Black Bottom
11. Soul Eyes (Mal Waldron)