Timeless Portraits and Dreams

Timeless Portraits and Dreams

by Geri AllenGeri Allen

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Geri Allen's musical interests prove to be quite diverse in Timeless Portraits and Dreams, delving into jazz, spirituals, sacred works and originals, accompanied by two of the most in-demand veterans, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Jimmy Cobb, throughout most of the release. Allen''s stunning solo opener "Oh Freedom" segues directly into another fine work, "Melchezedek," which showcases both Allen and Carter in the solo spotlight, with wordless vocals by the Atlanta Jazz Chorus adding background color. Singer Carmen Lundy and the chorus are on hand for the spirit-filled "Well Done" and Allen's gorgeous ballad "Timeless Portraits and Dreams." Other vocal tracks include two features for tenor George Shirley, including "I Have a Dream" (from Mary Lou's Mass composed by Mary Lou Williams after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) and a vigorous treatment of the piece considered as the Black National Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Trumpeter Wallace Roney (Allen's husband) smolders in Allen's tasty post-bop vehicle "In Real Time" and makes a belated entrance in the tense, strident tribute "Our Lady (For Billie Holiday)." Allen throws the listener a curve with her well-disguised introduction to the trio arrangement of Charlie Parker's "Ah-Leu-Cha" and uncovers a neglected gem in Lil Hardin Armstrong's ballad "Just for a Thrill." While some jazz fans may prefer to hear Geri Allen in a strictly instrumental setting, they will miss out if they fail to investigate these stimulating sessions. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2006
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408364525
catalogNumber: 83645
Rank: 130660

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Geri Allen   Primary Artist,Piano
Ron Carter   Bass,Upright Bass
Carmen Lundy   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Wallace Roney   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Dwight Andrews   Choir Director,Guest Appearance
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Donald Walden   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Atlanta Jazz Chorus   Guest Appearance
George Shirley   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Nino Rota   Composer
Geri Allen   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Carmen Lundy   Arranger
Wallace Roney   Composer
Mary Lou Williams   Composer
Duke Ellington   Author
Elaine Martone   Producer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Antoine Roney   Composer
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Robert Friedrich   Engineer
Kenny Lattimore   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Pat McClain   Composer
Lil Hardin Armstrong   Composer

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