Geoff Keezer: Venus As A Boy
Venus As A Boy
Geoff Keezer (piano)
Wildcrafted: Live at the Dakota (MaxJazz 215)
Geoff Keezer (piano),
Matt Clohesy (bass), Terreon Gully (drums).
Composed by Bjork.
Recorded: Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis, September 12, 2004
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Sure, the nimble pianist and keyboardist Geoffrey Keezer has put in time with jazz legends (Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Ray Brown), the bright lights of today (Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove) and, most notably, the final edition of the Jazz Messengers. But there’s always room for Bjork, and in 2004, the San Diego-based ivory tickler recorded his arrangement of her reggae-tinged “Venus as a Boy” with Matt Clohesy on bass and fellow Christian McBride sideman Terreon Gully on drums. The results are sublime: Gully’s dub groove is airtight, Clohesy is solid and funky, and Keezer rides atop it all with taste, feeling and restraint. One would be hard-pressed to find a wasted note in this recording.
Reviewer: Brad Farberman