Greetings’ jazz aficionados, I’m back with another palette of distinctive, and insinuating sounds, immaculate melodies, relentless rhythms attached to the opulent flavors embedded & exalted freely from the vibrant voice of jazz is here to quench our ongoing thirst for quality music.
On the menus this week, we have pianist Geri Allen and her fabulous group Timeline and her newest offering “Live” is our featured album of the week. Vocalist Stacey Kent stops by with her latest “Raconte-Moi,” drummer Paul Motian pays tribute to the legendary “Bill Evans.” The plot thickens with piano duo Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes are linked together to record “Double Portrait.” The aforementioned titles and more were compiled by yours truly can be found just below the new releases banner …
Geri Allen & Timeline -|- Live (Dig) – [Motema Music, 2010]
This incendiary group gains standing ovations with their unique act that speaks the language of tap, drumming, and the street within the totally embracing context of Allen’s deep in-the-pocket, groove-oriented jazz. Allen is one of the most respected pianists of her generation, with scans of over 36,000 units as a leader. * Geri Allen and her youthful group TIMELINE stand at the leading edge of a current, hip trend to include tap in jazz performances. Tap percussionist Maurice Chestnut, a protégé of tap icon Savion Glover, proves himself to be one of the most innovative practitioners of his discipline, and a musician of the highest order. Continue reading