Geoff Keezer: Across the Universe


Across the Universe


Geoff Keezer (piano)


Zero One (Dreyfus 36703)

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Geoff Keezer (piano).

Composed by Lennon/McCartney


Recorded: Los Angeles, June 1999


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Solo piano adventures are too often unfairly measured against the introspection of Keith Jarrett, the complexity of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, or the technical prowess of Art Tatum. Inevitable comparisons to the indisputable brilliance of the masters can taint our perceptions of their disciples' efforts. Geoff Keezer proves that beauty is sometimes best realized through simplicity. Listeners won't be wowed by mind-boggling runs or harmonic eccentricities in his thoughtful solo version of John Lennon's "Across the Universe." Staying close to the melody, Keezer's soothing and concise performance doesn't push any boundaries or break any rules. But when isolated and appreciated for what it is and not chastised for what it isn't, the results are altogether gratifying.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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