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     Geri Allen

Born: Jun 12, 1957 in Pontiac, MI
Genre: Jazz
Styles: Free Improvisation, Post-Bop, M-Base
Instruments: Piano

Geri Allen is the quintessence of what a late-'90s mainstream jazz musician should be. Well versed in a variety of modern jazz styles, from bop to free, Allen steers a middle course in her own music, speaking in a cultivated and moderately distinctive voice, respectful of, but not overly impressed with the doctrine of conservatism that rules the scene at the end of jazz's first century. There is little conceptually that separates her from her most obvious models - Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans primary among them - yet Allen plays with a spontaneity and melodic gift that greatly transcends rote imitation. Her improvisational style is at various times both spacious and dense, rubato and swinging, blithe and percussive. It's a genuinely expressive, personal voice; her music is an amalgam - honestly conceived, intelligently accessible, and well within the bounds of what is popularly expected from a jazz musician of her generation.

Allen received her early jazz education at the famed Cass Technical High School in Detroit, where her mentor was the highly regarded trumpeter/teacher Marcus Belgrave. In 1979, Allen earned her bachelor's degree in jazz studies from Howard University in Washington, D.C. After graduation, she moved to New York City, where she studied with the veteran bop pianist Kenny Barron. From there, at the behest of the jazz educator Nathan Davis, Allen attended the University of Pittsburgh, earning a master's degree in ethnomusicology, returning to New York in 1982. In the mid-'80s, Allen formed an association with the Brooklyn "MBase" crowd that surrounded alto saxophonist Steve Coleman. Allen played on several of Coleman's albums, including his first, 1985's Motherland Pulse. Allen's own first album, The Printmakers, with Anthony Cox and Andrew Cyrille, from a year earlier, showcased the pianist's more avant-garde tendencies. In 1988 came perhaps her first mature group statement, Etude, a cooperative trio effort with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian. Allen's loose-limbed lyricism and off-center linearity are perfectly complemented by the innate tunefulness of bassist Haden and the unerring timbral sense of drummer Motian. In the '90s, Allen signed first with Blue Note, then Verve. Her subsequent records placed her in ever more conventional contexts, supported by the cream of the mainstream "young lion" crop. As a soloist, however, Allen continued to push the improvisational envelope, as evidenced by Sound Museum, a 1996 recording made under the leadership of Ornette Coleman. The solo Gathering followed in 1998. Allen was named the top Talent Deserving Wider Recognition among pianists in the 1993 and 1994 Down Beat magazine Critics' Polls. Her significant collaborators have included saxophonists Oliver Lake, Arthur Blythe, and Julius Hemphill, trumpeter Lester Bowie, and singer Betty Carter.

-Chris Kelsey (All Music Guide)

Ресурсы сети, связанные с исполнителем:
www.telarc.com/biography/bios.asp?aid=172 About
musicians.allaboutjazz.com/musician.php?id=3360 Biography & articles on 'All About Jazz'
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geri_Allen About from 'wikipedia'
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geri_Allen About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
  как основной исполнитель ...
 Geri Allen - 'Celebrating Mary Lou Williams Live At Birdland NY' - 2011, Intakt Records
 Geri Allen - 'Flying Toward The Sound' - 2010, Motema
 Geri Allen - 'Gathering' - 1998, Verve
 Geri Allen - 'Segments' - 1989, DIW
 Geri Allen - 'The Life Of A Song' - 2004, Telarc
 Geri Allen - 'Twylight' - 1989, Verve
  как основной соисполнитель ...
 Charlie Haden - 'Etudes' - 1987, Soul Note
 Charlie Haden - 'Montreal Tapes With Geri Allen' - 1998, Verve
 Elisabeth Kontomanou - 'Secret Of The Wind' - 2012, Outnote, Effendi Records
 Buster Williams - 'Houdini' - 2001, Sirocco Jazz
  как соисполнитель ...
 Franco Ambrosetti - 'Movies' - 2007, Enja
 Franco Ambrosetti - 'Movies, Too' - 1988, Enja
 Count Basie - 'Swinging, Singing, Playing' - 2009, Mack Avenue
 Bobby Hutcherson - 'Skyline' - 1999, Verve Forecast, Dora
 Mark Isham - 'After Glow' - 1998, Columbia
 Oliver Lake - 'Expandable Language' - 1985, Black Saint
 Charles Lloyd - 'Lift Every Voice' - 2002, ECM, Lider
 Frank Lowe - 'Decision In Paradise' - 1985, Soul Note
 T.S. Monk - 'Monk On Monk' - 1997, N2K
 Meshell Ndegeocello - 'Plantation Lullabies' - 1993, Maverick
 Ralph Peterson - 'Triangular' - 1989, Blue Note
 Wallace Roney - 'Crunchin'' - 1993, Muse
 Wallace Roney - 'Misterios' - 1994, Warner Bros.
 Wallace Roney - 'No Job Too Big Or Small' - 2003, 32 Jazz, Savoy Jazz
 Wallace Roney - 'No Room For Argument' - 2000, Concord Jazz
 Wallace Roney - 'Prototype' - 2004, High Note
 Wallace Roney - 'Village' - 1997, Warner Bros.
 Mary Stallings - 'Remember Love' - 2005, Half Note
 Clark Terry - 'One On One' - 2000, Chesky
 Rodney Whitaker - 'Children Of The Light' - 1996, DIW
 Reggie Workman - 'Cerebral Caverns' - 1995, Postcards

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