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These solo piano works by internationally-renowned jazz composer, pianist, arranger and educator, Geri Allen, are inspired by major piano jazz innovators Herbie Hancock, Cecil Taylor and McCoy Tyner.
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  • Audio CD (March 9, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motema Music
  • ASIN: B00353W278
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,665 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A widespread rumour about the artist Geri Allen is that her recordings under own name are less in quality than those made as a side-woman. Indeed, her contributions on CD's like -for instance- The Year Of The Dragon with Chalie Haden and Paul Motion, on Reggie Workmans Cerebral Caverns, or that together with Dutch alto/soprano-sax player Tineke Postma are outstanding in a way that, when accidentaly listening with a half ear, your attention is immediately caught when Geri Allen rises out of the mix of musical sounds: it is impossible to ignore her contributions.
This solo-CD has the same effect on the beholder, and so counters the above-mentioned reputation. It is a highly concentrated, very intense music-making that holds you in a tight grip without interruption. It is light, almost dancing music, but...with strong wings. As strong as Geri Allens personality seems to be, with never ending creative inventions, though inspired by famous predecessors on piano.
And, not unimportant, what a fine recording-quality and beautiful grand piano. You seldom find that in jazz combined.
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I have always loved Geri Allen and her ministrations on the piano. This work is all Geri as she expresses her assimilation of the masters before her and synthesizes her own experiences, knowledge, and wisdom into these sonic adventures that have a way of drawing me into my own inner journeys.

On every repeat playback of this CD, there is an unfolding of new revelations of this artist's immense command of her instrument and the finesse of her ability to reveal what flows from her soul to the outer world via the worlds longest grand pianos, the F-278 (9ft) and F-308 (10ft) Fazioli pianos! What a match!! This CD is a masterpiece of the dedication of artist and her evolutionary growth and flowering. Be prepared to get goose bumps!
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Geri Allen overshadows most pianists in her generation, not by miles, but by worlds. Her latest album, a solo performance, provides such sensitivity and gentile finesse it feels like her hands are gliding over you and through you; surrounds you with technique and style unknown since the high points of McCoy Tyner's and Mary Lou Williams's piano inventiveness and brilliance.

Allen is the artistic director of the Mary Lou Williams Collective and is an Associate Professor of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation at the School Of Music Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan. Educated in both classical and jazz, respectively, Allen dares to dive into the deep end of many music forms; from performing with Mary Wilson and the Supremes to the complex forms of improvisational jazz with musicians such as Ornette Coleman, Paul Motian, Charlie Haden, Tony Williams and Ron Carter.

It's the introspective compositional style, brought about by the merging of a multitude of music genres, that makes "Flying Toward the Sound" a magnificent piece of art. Art in sound. Allen paints a picture of modern art in the style of modern jazz. Influenced by the legendary jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams, Allen continuously seeks challenges in music, creates swinging sounds, dynamic and innovative sounds. That's what "Flying Toward the Sound" is all about.

Ms. Allen coalesces the many musicians with whom she's performed; their ideas, their voices, meshing them together with her now highly mature abilities. "Flying Toward the Sound" is what Geri Allen indeed does. Using her piano as a magic carpet, Geri Allen flies into the stratosphere of jazz, giving jazz another definitive moment from which future musicians can learn.
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