Eyes in the Back of Your Head
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- Released: June 1, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Blue Note Records
Down Beat - 10/97, p.482.5 stars (out of 5) - "...she's a remarkable pianist in the post-bop Joanne Brackeen line..."
JazzTimes - 10/97, p.90"...in conversation she's a thoroughly grounded woman, in music she brings that as well as a sense of storytelling and picture painting that never borders on the precious....always rewarding..."
Vibe - 2/98, p.122"...Allen pushes boundaries with a daring set of original compositions that find her in unusual solo, duet, and trio format with Coleman; her husband, trumpeter Wallace Roney; and Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista..."
- 1.Mother Wit
- 2.New Eyes Opening
- 3.Vertical Flowing
- 5.FMFMF (For My Family, for My Friends)
- 6.Dark Eyes
- 7.Little Waltz
- 8.In the Back of Your Head
- 9.Windows to the Soul
- 10.The Eyes Have It
Personnel: Geri Allen (piano); Wallace Roney (trumpet); Cyro Baptista (percussion); Ornette Coleman.
Personnel: Geri Allen (piano, synthesizer); Ornette Coleman (alto saxophone); Wallace Roney (trumpet); Cyro Baptista (percussion).
Recording information: Clinton Studios, New York, NY (12/14/1995-03/01/1996).
Photographer: Jules Allen.
This is possibly pianist Geri Allen's most advanced release. Always a pianist with her own voice, the increasingly original Allen performs three atmospheric piano solos, including a version of Ron Carter's "Little Waltz," during which she adds a little bit of synthesizer. There is a duet with percussionist Cyro Baptista, two duets with altoist Ornette Coleman (who through the years has almost never recorded as a sideman), and four numbers in which Allen is joined by her husband trumpeter Wallace Roney (two of which also include Baptista). Except for the Ornette pieces, Allen is the dominant force throughout the intriguing set, which includes the very haunting "Windows to the Soul" (dedicated to the recently departed drummer Tony Williams). The music is mostly avant-garde, but purposeful and logical in its own fashion. Well worth several listens. ~ Scott Yanow
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