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Timeless Portraits and Dreams

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2006
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408364525
  • Catalog Number: 83645
  • Sales rank: 131,964

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
George Shirley Vocals, Tenor (Vocal), Guest Appearance
Atlanta Jazz Chorus Guest Appearance
George Shirley Vocals
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, Mastering
Kenny Lattimore Composer
Traditional Composer
Pat McClain Composer
Lil Hardin Armstrong Composer
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