“Now How Much Would You Pay?” by Geoff Stradling
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Les is Mo' (Origin Records) by Geoff Stradling
Long an inside secret in his adopted Los Angeles, composer and pianist
Geoff Stradling's debut on Origin explores a collection of diverse
jazz styles, all held together by a strong personal identity all his
own. Nine original compositions run the gamut from jazz waltzes
to scorching Latin funk. The lone standard in the collection, "Stella
By Starlight," is treated to an Afro-Cuban groove reminiscent of New
York in the '70s and features the rhythm section of Ramon Banda, Rene
Camacho and Michael Spiro. Rhythmic and harmonic ideas are
abundant, but the real difference here is melody. A side effect of
spending almost a decade living in Europe, the melodic component of
Geoff's compositions and playing is fresh and potent, keeping a
perfect balance between intellect and emotion.
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