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Child is Born
     

A Child is Born

by Geri Allen
 
Christmas albums tend to be a blend of the traditional and familiar with the style of the recording artist, and jazz pianist Geri Allen's A Child Is Born is no exception. Allen has a technically proficient, often elaborate style as a pianist, and she uses it in her evocations of Christmas carols and hymns. There is a slight nod to Ethiopia in the brief versions

Overview

Christmas albums tend to be a blend of the traditional and familiar with the style of the recording artist, and jazz pianist Geri Allen's A Child Is Born is no exception. Allen has a technically proficient, often elaborate style as a pianist, and she uses it in her evocations of Christmas carols and hymns. There is a slight nod to Ethiopia in the brief versions of "Imagining Gena at Sunrise" and "Imagining Gena at Sunset," as well as the cover art of a black Madonna and child by Kabuya Pamela Bowens, and Allen occasionally employs a Fender Rhodes electric piano or even a Hohner clavinet for unusual effects, notably on her original "God Is with Us" (a musical setting of the Biblical passage Matthew 1:23). Most of the time, however, she takes on tunes known by most Western listeners, playing the melodies in strong right-hand statements backed by often contrasting left-hand rhythms on acoustic piano. Then, she takes off into complex improvisations that only touch back now and then to the melodies. Her playing sometimes has a new age quality, like George Winston in a slightly jazzier mode. So, this is a holiday collection for the more adventurous jazz piano fan, rather than for someone looking for a safe, warm, and fuzzy set of jazzed-up Christmas tunes.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2011
Label:
Motema Music
UPC:
0181212000696
catalogNumber:
69

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Performance Credits

Geri Allen   Primary Artist,Piano,Celeste,Clavinet,farfisa organ,fender rhodes
Farah Jasmine Griffin   Spoken Word
Women of the Gee's Bend Quilt Collective   Sampled Vocals
Connaitre Miller   Vocals
Carolyn Brewer   Vocals

Technical Credits

Geri Allen   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Kunle Mwanga   Producer
Rebecca Meek   Graphic Design
Richard Storrs Willis   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jana Herzen   Executive Producer
John Henry Hopkins   Composer
Duke Markos   Engineering
Jaimeo Brown   Vocal Programming
Katherine K. Davis   Composer
Various Composers   Composer
Thaddeus Jones   Composer
Ora Harris   Management
Kabuya Pamela Bowens   Cover Art
Dwight D. Andrews   Liner Notes

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