GERI ALLEN PIANO SOLOInédit"MOTOWN & MOTOR CITY INSPIRATIONS"
GERI ALLEN PIANO, FENDER RHODES
When she arrived in New York, Geri Allen was met by Mary Wilson and the Supremes... She understood the continuum of Afro-American aesthetics, from be-bop to hip-hop; she knew the whole spectrum. And she has learned the recipe of any soul music, made from spirituals, blues and jazz.
She has discovered this music in Detroit, her hometown, and the city whose nickname made a record company famous: Motown. For "Grand River Crossings: Motown and Motor City Inspirations ", the new section of her solo cycle, she has arranged a selection of original compositions and covers of song written by Detroit Jazzmen, the ones who formed so many orchestras, so many talents and established a pedigree to a new popular art. Voluptuous.
MILFORD GRAVES QUARTETInédit
MILFORD GRAVES DRUMS / CHARLES GAYLE SAXOPHONE / D.D. JACKSON PIANO / WILLIAM PARKER DOUBLE BASS
Expect the unexpected. All drums and cymbals will be upside down with this absolute drummer who uses any piece of wood, metal, skin... and his heart. With several belts of bells around his chest, Milford Graves uses head and feet, elbows and knees to make his drums trigger busts of polyrhythmic sounds. He knows all about rhetoric and swing, pushed their limits in the early sixties with Albert Ayler, Don Pullen and the New York Art Quartet. Today, he shares with Charles Gayle, D.D. Jackson and William Parker the pleasure to play this bigger-than-life music made of energy and passion.