Flying Toward the Sound (Motéma Music) Michigan native Geri Allen has recorded nearly 20 albums since her 1984 trio debut. Her new disc, subtitled “A Solo Piano Excursion Inspired by Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock,” has nine original compositions (as well as a video program). The first eight songs make up a suite she calls “Refractions: Flying Toward the Sound.” It begins peacefully and is almost bucolic, but soon she plays a couple of dense, dissonant chords and then takes off, influenced by Tyner, in wonderful floods and cadences of notes. The second part, “Red Velvet in Winter,” inspired by Hancock, is lush but not quite soft, with passionate soarings grounded by repetitive, prayer like figures. “Dancing Mystic Poets at Midnight,” bouncing off her third muse, is electric and wide-ranging, actually reminiscent of Thelonious Monk in its looseness and quirkiness but with Taylor’s intellectual gravity. The centerpiece is a 16-minute fantasia titled “GOD’s Ancient Sky.” It begins with cautionary adventures from the right hand over vibrating left-hand chords both dense and portentous. As the journey — which surely possesses spiritual dimensions — progresses, the flights become more daring and then more songlike. The rest of the album is likewise dramatic, complex, intense, and rewarding.