Geoffrey Keezer is one of the finest new pianists on the jazz scene today. He is in very competitive company alongside Brad Mehldau, Cyrus Chestnut, Jamie Saft, Patricia Barber, Esbjorn Svenson and Tord Gustavsen. But, twenty years from now, the jazz world will still be singing Keezer's praises. Not only is he a terrific jazz pianist, but a formidable composer as well.
Joining Keezer in his trio are Matt Clohesy on bass and Terreon Gully on drums. There is unmistakable empathy within this particular trio. Each member accentuates the other. Terreon Gully is an incredible "listening" drummer and this disc is a perfect example of his skills. Matt Clohesy is the warmest sounding foundation that Keezer has ever worked with. And of course Keezer, whether it be on piano or Fender Rhodes, is a masterful wizard of the keys. His sorcery is most evident on this disc in that over half the disc is his own original compositions.
The only standards, per se, is "Stompin' at the Savoy" which transforms into a modern piece of magic, and Ellington's "Black and Tan Fantasy" which he ends with a nod to Jason Moran and his Ellington-esque take on "Kinda Dukish" from his Black Stars album. This proves that Keezer is aware of everything musical around him. The only other two compositions that are not his own are "Koikugari Bushi" by Japanese composers Naohiko Uehara and Sadao China, and "Venus As a Boy" by Bjork. The rest are all compositions out of Keezer's mind. Keezer claims that these compositions were taken and drawn from life experiences and his life's different surroundings. Truly signs from an artistic mind. From the nineteen year old in Art Blakey's last Jazz Messengers to Wildcrafted, Keezer has definitely matured into a full-scale artist with his own voice and vision. The future only looks warm and bright as Keezer will continue his residence in the sun.