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Geri Allen

JIMI HENDRIX's music revisited WITH THREE PIANOS INCLUDES A BRILLIANT INTERPRETATION OF JIMI'S COMPOSITION 'CHEROKEE MIST' REFERRING TO HIS 'NATIVE AMERICAN' ORIGIN WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN RELEASED BY JIMI HIMSELF AND WAS TAKEN FROM A REHEARSAL TAPE MADE IN THE STUDIO BEFORE HE LEFT US.

In Jimi Hendrix's lifetime his mystique as a supreme improviser and spontaneous, intuitive performer often overshadowed his talents as a song writer. In his recorded works improvisation has at least equal importance with his compositions. But as composer / producer Brian Eno has pointed out, "Hendrix was one of the most significant composers of the 20th century, and a far too underappreciated one at that."

Geri Allen is exceptionally well qualified to challenge the thorny problem of translating rock music played by a fiery lead guitar, bass and drums into a new music played entirely by three pianos. Allen combines advanced academic methods of technical training with the instrumental ability to realize her musical ideas. She has integrated numerous musical influences and has established an original, many-faceted eclecticism as her style. A superb pianist, she has virtually unlimited capabilities as an improviser in all styles.

Here's a taste at what your listening experience will be with a short description of 'Cherokee Mist' interpretation :

"A hushed, visual opening. Geri plays the delicate, blues-based theme over a repeated bass riff. Tension builds as the melody swirls over an increasingly complex bass. Another tempo change, alternating strings of long solo lines with subtle rhythmic deviations and polytonal effects, closing with a restatement of the ethereal theme."

Allen's associates, Mark and Scot Batson, are two cutting edge young keyboard players mentored by Allen since they were undergraduates in Howard University's music program. The brothers were educated in serious classical music at home and in hip hop on the streets of Brooklyn.



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