DOWNBEAT REVIEW: Pianists Recall Geri Allen’s Legacy at the Biamp PDX Festival

"The performer who provided the most direct and powerful evocation of Allen’s spirit as a performer and composer was Darrell Grant at a Feb. 22 performance. A pianist and instructor at Portland State University, Grant cites Allen as a major influence on his own work, delighting, as he said from the stage of the Newmark Theatre, in “the way that her music danced.” In that spirit, he played with a lightness and a subtle swing, whether that was via a Gershwin-by-way-of-Cecil Taylor original or a positively breathtaking rendition of James Taylor’s “Fire And Rain,” which was almost Rachmaninoff-like in its romantic warmth."

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