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A Child is Born


Download links and information about A Child is Born by Geri Allen. This album was released in 2011 and it belongs to Jazz, Traditional Pop Music genres. It contains 14 tracks with total duration of 49:15 minutes.

Artist: Geri Allen
Release date: 2011
Genre: Jazz, Traditional Pop Music
Tracks: 14
Duration: 49:15
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No. Title Length
1. Angels We Have Heard On High 4:16
2. A Child Is Born 3:37
3. Imagining Gena At Sunrise 1:06
4. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, Pt. 1 7:25
5. Journey To Bethlehem 1:09
6. We Three Kings 4:58
7. Little Drummer Boy 4:50
8. God Is With Us (Matthew 1:23) 2:09
9. Amazing Grace 2:41
10. Christmas Medley: Away In a Manger / What Child Is This / Silent Night 4:26
11. Imagining Gena At Sunset 0:25
12. Let Us Break Bread Together 4:54
13. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear 6:23
14. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, Pt. 2 0:56



Christmas albums tend to be a blend of the traditional and familiar with the style of the recording artist, and jazz pianist Geri Allen's A Child Is Born is no exception. Allen has a technically proficient, often elaborate style as a pianist, and she uses it in her evocations of Christmas carols and hymns. There is a slight nod to Ethiopia in the brief versions of "Imagining Gena at Sunrise" and "Imagining Gena at Sunset," as well as the cover art of a black Madonna and child by Kabuya Pamela Bowens, and Allen occasionally employs a Fender Rhodes electric piano or even a Hohner clavinet for unusual effects, notably on her original "God Is with Us" (a musical setting of the Biblical passage Matthew 1:23). Most of the time, however, she takes on tunes known by most Western listeners, playing the melodies in strong right-hand statements backed by often contrasting left-hand rhythms on acoustic piano. Then, she takes off into complex improvisations that only touch back now and then to the melodies. Her playing sometimes has a new age quality, like George Winston in a slightly jazzier mode. So, this is a holiday collection for the more adventurous jazz piano fan, rather than for someone looking for a safe, warm, and fuzzy set of jazzed-up Christmas tunes.