GEOFFREY KEEZER, THE HEART OF THE PIANO

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2013 has seen a bounty of solo piano releases with high profile recordings by John Medeski and Michel Camilo (both for the Okeh/Sony Masterworks label,) the prodigious Marc Cary (a tribute to singer Abbey Lincoln) and West Coast veteran Mike Wofford among the worthy offerings. Each of these players has a unique voice along with a personalized style that produces colors and shadings to their compositions to bring meaning to the material.

photo by Brad Buckman
As ambitious as he is talented, jazz pianist GeoffreyKeezer has made an equally absorbing effort, The Heart Of The Piano (Motema,) an album that fuses his musical ideas with the many personal connections Keezer has made throughout his career. At 42, his experience is highlighted with sideman gigs for bands by bassist Ray Brown, trumpeter Art Farmer and saxophonist Benny Golson in addition to his own substantial records as a leader and those with vibes player Joe Locke. Heart taps the “melody, energy and groove” – qualities that distinguish Keezer’s versatility. His inner strength, a relentless core of creativity, gives subtle power to unexpected tunes by Rush (“Limelight,”) and Alanis Morrisette (Still.”) Keezer even includes “My Heart Is Like a Red Red Rose” based on Eva Cassidy’s beautiful version. Keezer's improvisations are gratifying and energetic, slowing down to bow at the edge of New Age on Peter Gabriel’s “Come Talk To Me” or seizing the wit and edginess of “New York,” written for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers with whom Keezer played. Great song choices combined with Keezer’s virtuosity and a wonderfully recorded piano equals another unqualified success in Keezer’s discography. (10 tracks; 50 minutes) updated July 10, 2011

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JAZZ IN SPACE: GEOFFREY KEEZER, THE HEART OF THE PIANO

Monday, July 1, 2013

GEOFFREY KEEZER, THE HEART OF THE PIANO

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2013 has seen a bounty of solo piano releases with high profile recordings by John Medeski and Michel Camilo (both for the Okeh/Sony Masterworks label,) the prodigious Marc Cary (a tribute to singer Abbey Lincoln) and West Coast veteran Mike Wofford among the worthy offerings. Each of these players has a unique voice along with a personalized style that produces colors and shadings to their compositions to bring meaning to the material.

photo by Brad Buckman
As ambitious as he is talented, jazz pianist GeoffreyKeezer has made an equally absorbing effort, The Heart Of The Piano (Motema,) an album that fuses his musical ideas with the many personal connections Keezer has made throughout his career. At 42, his experience is highlighted with sideman gigs for bands by bassist Ray Brown, trumpeter Art Farmer and saxophonist Benny Golson in addition to his own substantial records as a leader and those with vibes player Joe Locke. Heart taps the “melody, energy and groove” – qualities that distinguish Keezer’s versatility. His inner strength, a relentless core of creativity, gives subtle power to unexpected tunes by Rush (“Limelight,”) and Alanis Morrisette (Still.”) Keezer even includes “My Heart Is Like a Red Red Rose” based on Eva Cassidy’s beautiful version. Keezer's improvisations are gratifying and energetic, slowing down to bow at the edge of New Age on Peter Gabriel’s “Come Talk To Me” or seizing the wit and edginess of “New York,” written for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers with whom Keezer played. Great song choices combined with Keezer’s virtuosity and a wonderfully recorded piano equals another unqualified success in Keezer’s discography. (10 tracks; 50 minutes) updated July 10, 2011

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