April 13, 1990 at 04:00 AM EDT

In the Year of the Dragon

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Geri Allen, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian
Producers
JMT
We gave it a B+

The young pianist Geri Allen is certain to emerge as a major talent in the ’90s, and these albums demonstrate the constancy of her deft, questing style in a variety of settings. Dragon is an all-star trio session with an identity problem. Motian’s compositions and Haden’s bass solos suggest a dark undercurrent, which is countered by Allen’s buoyant swing on Bud Powell’s ”Oblivion” and Ornette Coleman’s ”Invisible.” On Motian’s ”Last Call,” she expands and contracts the briefly lyrical theme as though it were elastic. Of the six originals (each player contributed two), Haden’s are the most successful-the dulcet ”First Song” and a Monklike blues called ”See Yoat Per Tutti’s.” B+

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