Personnel includes: Geoffrey Keezer (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, vibraphone, marimba); Claire Martin (vocals); Ingrid Jensen (flugelhorn); Steve Wilson (alto flute); Keola Beamer (flute, acoustic guitar); Joe Locke (vibraphone); Richard Cottle (keyboards); Scott Colley, Laurence Cottle (bass); Karriem Riggins (drums, percussion).
Principally recorded at Avatar, New York, New York and Different Fur Studios, San Francisco, California between August 2002 & February 2003.
This is part of MaxJazz's "Piano" series.
Personnel: Geoff Keezer (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, vibraphone, marimba); Claire Martin (vocals); Keola Beamer , Paul Bollenback (acoustic guitar); Steve Wilson (alto flute); Tim Garland (bass clarinet); Ingrid Jensen (flugelhorn); Richard Cottle (keyboards); Joe Locke (vibraphone); Scott Colley, Laurence Cottle (acoustic bass); Karriem Riggins (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Joe Ferla.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (08/2002-02/2003); Denham Grange Studio, England (08/2002-02/2003).
Photographers: Dena Katz; Jimmy Katz.
Arrangers: Claire Martin ; Geoff Keezer; Keola Beamer ; Paul Bollenback.
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. ~ Jonathan Widran