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Dec 05, 2018 - Geoffrey Keezer Trio

Geoffrey Keezer Trio, “These Three Words”

If you’ve caught Geoffrey Keezer on the bandstand in recent years, there’s a good chance you’ve either heard him unaccompanied, as on his fine 2013 album Heart of the Piano, or accompanying others, notably trumpeter Chris Botti. The last time Keezer released a trio album was more than a dozen years ago, when Wildcrafted: Live at the Dakota met with just acclaim.

 

So there’s more than one reason to welcome On My Way to You,which Keezer self-released on June 22. It’s largely an acoustic trio album, with all the poise and resonant fullness you’d expect. The rhythm team consists of trusted partners: drummer Lee Pearson, a member of the Botti entourage, and bassist Mike Pope, a confrere in the Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group. (Joining them on several tracks is Gillian Margot, a soulful and style-blending vocalist from Toronto, who happens to be Keezer’s spouse.) The opening track, which has its premiere here, is a waltz arrangement of “These Three Words,” which Stevie Wonder wrote and performed for the Spike Lee film Jungle Fever. Easeful but firm, with a sure clarity of phrase, it’s a fine illustration of this group’s articulate command.

The Geoffrey Keezer Trio takes the Jazz Depot stage alongside the Modern Oklahoma Jazz Orchestra on Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00pm. 


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