Cool Man Cool

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Grant Geissman really stepped up his game with the release of his previous CD Say That, and this excellent recording where his finely honed jazz sensibilities come fully to the forefront. There's nary a speck of commercial filler, as every track sports an authenticity and originality that belie the derivative music he had made a living on for years. This is a fine effort with little reason to spoil with wasted critique, as Geissman himself is on top of his game, and whether he's playing with his peer group or select all-stars, the music is at a high level from start to finish. While bop does prevail, contemporary and progressive neo-bop are heard without the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Grant Geissman really stepped up his game with the release of his previous CD Say That, and this excellent recording where his finely honed jazz sensibilities come fully to the forefront. There's nary a speck of commercial filler, as every track sports an authenticity and originality that belie the derivative music he had made a living on for years. This is a fine effort with little reason to spoil with wasted critique, as Geissman himself is on top of his game, and whether he's playing with his peer group or select all-stars, the music is at a high level from start to finish. While bop does prevail, contemporary and progressive neo-bop are heard without the predictable trappings, and Geissman changes up the band per track to keep things ever interesting in the best sense of the term. Most fans will gravitate toward the cuts featuring the all-stars, "Chuck & Chick" in particular, as Geissman's classical acoustic guitar sidles along with Chick Corea's cascading piano in a lilting waltz with Spanish overtones, Chuck Mangione's credible jazz flugelhorn, Russell Ferrante's Fender Rhodes, and the soprano sax of Brian Scanlon. Mangione and Ferrante also show up during the slinky, under the surface tune "Tiki Time," while pianist Patrice Rushen, Mangione, and Scanlon on tenor sax all team up on the tasty, chunky funky number "Nawlins." Tom Scott plays tenor sax, guesting on the basic "Chicken Shack Jack" next to Geissman's chordal Wes Montgomery-type musings, while "Mad Skillz" is another fundamental tune, in this case a blues swinger. Guitar legend Jerry Hahn, clearly a big influence on Geissman, joins the band on "One for Jerry," a good groover with two plectrists and two keyboardists including organist Mike Finnigan. The shuffle swinger "Cool Blooz" is derived from "All Blues," features the renowned jazz and rock Hammond B-3 veteran, and sports a steelier guitar tone. Then there's the appearance of Van Dyke Parks, never really a jazz player but astute on the accordion for "Minnie Lights Out," an old-time oom-pah-pah tune punctuated by the tuba playing of Trey Henry. Despite the immense star power, it is Geissman and Scanlon who stand tall next to the well-known names. Geissman is notable for the comfortable flexibility he displays throughout, while Scanlon can hold his own with any post-Michael Brecker saxophonist, and proves it in every one of his nine appearances on the CD, even playing flute on the soulful title track. There's no slick or smooth material here, it all displays the epitome of California cool, and the selections have a thoughtful approach that reflect what Geissman has now evolved into. This album is clearly the best effort for the guitarist, and comes highly recommended for fans of Geissman's instrument, and all contemporary jazz listeners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/2009
  • Label: Futurism Records
  • UPC: 859516001014
  • Catalog Number: 2054
  • Sales rank: 321,536

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cool Man Cool (5:21)
  2. 2 Chicken Shack Jack (6:58)
  3. 3 Too Cool for School (5:25)
  4. 4 Chuck and Chick (5:29)
  5. 5 Even If... (6:34)
  6. 6 Dig Some Sides? (5:23)
  7. 7 One for Jerry (7:32)
  8. 8 Minnie Lights Out (5:11)
  9. 9 Tiki Time (6:09)
  10. 10 Nawlins (5:07)
  11. 11 Crazy Talk (3:07)
  12. 12 Ya Think? (5:26)
  13. 13 Mad Skillz (6:08)
  14. 14 Cool Blooz - Chuck Lorre (5:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grant Geissman Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar, Finger Snapping
Van Dyke Parks Accordion
Chuck Mangione Flugelhorn
Tom Scott Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Hahn Electric Guitar
Alex Acuña Percussion
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Ray Brinker Drums, Finger Snapping
Chick Corea Piano
Jim Cox Piano, Hammond Organ
Russell Ferrante fender rhodes
Trey Henry Tuba, Acoustic Bass
Brian Kilgore Percussion, Bongos
Tom Ranier Piano
Brian Scanlon Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Paul Stilwell Finger Snapping
Chuck Lorre Fender Stratocaster
Technical Credits
Ray Brinker Sound Effects
Grant Geissman Composer, Producer, Art Direction
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Steve Shepherd Engineer
Bill Milkowski Liner Notes, Author
Paul Stilwell Producer
Francesca Restrepo Art Direction
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