Geoff Keezer: Stompin' at the Savoy
Stompin' at the Savoy
Geoff Keezer (piano)
Turn Up the Quiet (Sony 68988)
Composed by Benny Goodman, Andy Razaf, Edgar Sampson & Chick Webb.
Recorded: December 16-21, 1996
Rating: 83/100 (learn more)
Geoff Keezer performed in the final installment of the Jazz Messengers. He is therefore featured on a couple of original albums (The Last Drum Solo and One For All), and also performed in some celebratory festival performances designated as "Jazz Messenger and Friends" (see The Art of Jazz, recorded live at the Leverkusen Jazz Festival in Germany in 1989). As per usual, Keezer's early experience in Blakey's band led to the solidification of his own career, and 1996's Turn Up the Quiet features the then 26-year- old performing with Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, and on select tracks, vocalist Diana Krall. This instrumental trio track showcases Keezer's talents as both instrumentalist and arranger, with his modernized interpretation of "Stompin' at the Savoy."
Reviewer: Eric Novod