Etudes CD (1987)
Relative newcomer Geri Allen joins Haden and Motian for ETUDES, a rich and satisfying set made up primarily of originals. There's a folkish lilt and resonance to the proceedings, in small part because of the full, warm tone of Haden's bass. Motian is one of the more musical percussionists to emerge in the post-bop era, by turns propulsive, inventive, and even introspective. Allen's approach is also informed by modern musical leanings, with elements of Bill Evans and Hampton Hawes, as well as Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock. Her "Dolphy's Dance" also shows her to be a strong writer (releases under her own name in the mid-'80s show even stronger songwriting). Haden's "Sandino" is another of his gorgeous ballads, and one of many highlights in this set. Two covers are included as well, Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" and Herbie Nichol's "Shuffle Montgomery."
Recorded at Sound Ideas Studios, New York, New York on ...