In the Year of the Dragon

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In the Year of the Dragon
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Studio album by
RecordedMarch, 1989
Sound Ideas Studios, NYC
GenreAvant-garde jazz, post-bop, progressive jazz
LabelJMT 834 428-2
ProducerStefan Winter
Geri Allen chronology
In the Year of the Dragon

In the Year of the Dragon is an album by pianist Geri Allen, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Paul Motian recorded in 1989 and released on the German JMT label.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3/4 stars[3]

Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars, stating, "Fully realized, diverse, and balanced, this piano-bass-drums trio recording is one of the very best of its late-'80s era, loaded with great musicianship, surprises, and an accurate representation of these genius musicians' personalities and individualism blended into a complete whole. In the Year of the Dragon is highly recommended to all who appreciate superb musicianship coming together".[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded it 3 stars, calling it "one of the best of the trio sets".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Geri Allen except as indicated

  1. "Oblivion" (Bud Powell) - 3:17
  2. "For John Malachi" – 3:30
  3. "Rollano" (Juan Lazaro Mendolas) - 4:10
  4. "See You at Per Tutti's" (Charlie Haden) - 5:55
  5. "Last Call" (Paul Motian) - 5:10
  6. "No More Mr. Nice Guy" – 7:01
  7. "Invisible" (Ornette Coleman) - 4:34
  8. "First Song" (Haden) - 5:38
  9. "In the Year of the Dragon" (Motian) - 7:55



  1. ^ Geri Allen catalog, accessed June 30, 2014
  2. ^ a b Nastos, M. G., Allmusic Review accessed June 30, 2014
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. pp. 21. ISBN 0141023279.