In the Year of the Dragon

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+

In the Year of the Dragon
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