Geri Allen’s 2004 Telarc debut, The Life of a Song-her first recording in more than six years-underscored her rare combination of dazzling compositional skill and melodically inventive technique. With the release of Timeless Portraits and Dreams, Allen provides solid proof that her career as a performing and recording artist is firmly back on track-and moving full speed ahead. Allen’s compositions have always had personal themes, and with this recording, she touches on spiritual influences. In addition to covering the gospel classic “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (featuring vocals by opera star George Shirley), Allen uses the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on “I Have a Dream.”
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