Falling Up

Falling Up

by Geoff Keezer


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Falling Up

For his Maxjazz Piano Series debut, the veteran pianist seems intent on exploring all types of formats from solo piano to large ensembles, and all types of inspirations from Ellington to Bach. Having played with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Joshua Redman and Christian McBride, Keezer is most at home with his cozy trio of Scott Colley (bass) and Karriem Riggins (drums) on playful, improv-driven pieces like the title track and the understated "Palm Reader." His most experimental excursion is the mystical, new age-y "Navigating By Starlight," which finds Keezer also playing vibraphone (to hypnotic effect) and Rhodes. Steve Wilson contributes an airy flute melody and there's also a sample from the Asian American Jazz Orchestra to complete the exotic dreamscape effect. For all that, the disc is centered around three collaborations with Hawaiian slack key legend Keola Beamer, including the serene "Shiny Shell Lullaby" and the folksy, meditative "The Horsewoman." These tunes are lovely and provocative, but don't do all that much tempo wise; mostly, they serve to take Keezer out of his usual parameters and show off yet more invention.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Max Jazz Records
UPC: 0610614020723
catalogNumber: 140207
Rank: 152951

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Geoff Keezer   Primary Artist,Piano,Marimbas,Vibes,fender rhodes
Steve Wilson   Alto Flute
Paul Bollenback   Acoustic Guitar
Scott Colley   Acoustic Bass
Laurence Cottle   Acoustic Bass
Richard Cottle   Keyboards
Ingrid Jensen   Flugelhorn
Joe Locke   Vibes
Claire Martin   Vocals
Tim Garland   Bass Clarinet
Karriem Riggins   Percussion,Drums
Keola Beamer   Acoustic Guitar,nose flute
Moanalani Beamer   Bamboo Pipe

Technical Credits

Geoff Keezer   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Paul Bollenback   Arranger
Richard Cottle   Producer,Engineer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Howard Johnston   Engineer
Howard Shore   Composer
Claire Martin   Arranger
Nona Beamer   Composer
Keola Beamer   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Pressley Jacobs   Art Direction

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