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A product of the M-Base revolution and then a major artist on the Blue Note label, Geri Allen is one of the most accomplished female pianists in jazz. In this programme, recorded in front of an audience at London's Purcell Room, she joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights from her recorded work.

1 hour


Music Played

  • Geri Allen

    When Kabuya Dances

    Composer: Allen Performers: Geri Allen, p; Jaribu Shahid, b; Tani Tabbal, d; Sadiq Bey, cga. New York, 1989.

    • Twylight.
    • Verve.
  • Geri Allen

    The Dancer

    Composer: Allen Performers: Geri Allen, p, kb; Steve Coleman, as; Tani Tabbal, d; Mino Cinelu, perc; Lloyd Storey, tap dancing. Dec 1986.

    • Open all Sides in the Middle.
    • Minor Music.
    • 801013.
  • Geri Allen

    Night of Power

    Composer: Robert Hurst Performers: Marcus Belgrave, tp; Kenny Garrett, as; Geri Allen, p; Ribert Hurst, b; Jeff Watts, d; Eli Fountain, perc. Sound On Sound Studios, New York, 5 & 6 Jan 1990.

    • The Nurturer.
    • Blue Note.
    • CDP 7 951390-2.
  • Geri Allen, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian - A Prayer for Peace

    Composer: Allen Performers: Geri Allen, p; Charlie Haden, b; Paul Motian, d. The Village Vanguard, New York, 21 & 22 Dec 1990.

  • Betty Carter

    Feed the Fire

    Composer: Allen Performers: Betty Carter, voc; Geri Allen, p; Dave Holland, b; Jack DeJohnette d. Royal Festival Hall, London, 30 Oct 1993.

    • Feed the Fire.
    • Verve.
    • 523 600-2.
  • Geri Allen

    The Eyes Have It

    Composer: Geri Allen / Ornette Coleman Performers: Geri Allen, p; Ornette Coleman, as. Clinton Studios, New York City, Dec 1995 / Mar 1996.

    • Eyes In The Back of Your Head.
    • Blue Note.
    • CDP 8382972.
  • Geri Allen

    The Gathering

    Composer: Allen Performers: Geri Allen, p; Wallace Roney, tp; Robin Eubanks, tb; Buster Williams, b; Lenny White, d; Mino Cinelu, perc. Sorcerer Sound Studio, New York, 19 – 21 & 25 Feb 1998.

    • The Gathering.
    • Verve.
    • 657614-2.
  • Charles Lloyd

    Come Sunday

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Charles Lloyd, ts; Geri Allen, p; Robert Hurst, b; Eric Harland, d. Cello Studio, Los Angeles, Jan 2004.

    • Jumping the Creek.
    • ECM.
    • 982 4130.
  • Andy Bey

    Prelude to a Kiss

    Composer: Ellington (arr. Allen) Performers: Andy Bey, voc; Frank Wess, ts; Paul Meyers, g; Dwight Andrews, reeds; Vernell Garnett, tp, fh; Steve Davis, tb, Geri Allen, p; Mino Cinelu, perc. Bennett Studio, Englewood, New Jersey, 4-6 & 14-15 Nov 2003.

    • American Song.
    • Savoy.
    • 17330.
  • Geri Allen

    I Have a Dream

    Composer: Mary Lou Williams Performers: Geri Allen, p; Geri Allen, George Shirley, voc; Donald Walden, ts; Wallace Roney, tp; Ron Carter, b; Jimmy Cobb, d.

    • Timeless Portraits and Dreams.
    • Telarc.
    • 83645.
  • Geri Allen

    Philly Joe

    Composer: Allen Performers: Geri Allen, p; Kenny Davis, b; Kassa Overall, d; Maurice Chestnut, tap dance. Feb 2009.

    • Geri Allen and Timeline Live.
    • Motema Music.
    • 0042.