Recorded by RICKY FORD on HARD GROOVIN'
Muse MCD 5373 / Recorded February 24, 1989
||Medium swing (groove)
GEOFF KEEZER ranks as one of contemporary jazz's brightest young stars. Recording with the Jazz Messengers at age 17, the pianist has since proven his early promise and emerged as a major recording artist and composer. Also see his big band arrangement of James Williams' Beauty Within.
Front Line: E-flat, C treble clef, C bass clef,
Trumpet (1st part), Tenor Sax (2nd part)
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
The melody of this one is deceptively tricky with its large, unusual intervals, but is certainly playable at the recorded tempo by groups of almost any level. This chart is great for pushing the technical abilities of a younger group as well as showing off good intonation and polished phrasing in a more experienced group.
SOLOS: The changes are very simple and feature II-Vs mostly in the tonic key.
GEOFF KEEZER (b. 1970). Geoff studied piano at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and later at Berklee on full scholarship. He completed his jazz education as pianist with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Already an in-demand jazz veteran, Geoff recorded his first album as a leader (featuring several of his own compositions) when he was 17. He has recorded several albums as a leader and many more as a sideman with Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Farmer, Roy Hargrove and his mentor, James Williams, among others.
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