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The Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group, Half Moon Bay, CA, July 8, 2012

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Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer GroupDouglas Beach HouseHalf Moon Bay, CaliforniaJuly 8, 2012Vibraphonist Joe Locke and keyboardist Geoffrey Keezer have both played the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society at the Douglas Beach House before Sunday July 8th, 2012, but with this appearance of the Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group, the pair brought a fresh power to the venue, the likes of which may not be topped by any gathering of musicians in the near ...

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Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group: Signing

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Signing is only the second release from the co-led Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group, but both men have traveled plenty of musical miles together, both on record and on stage. They've worked in trio with reed man Tim Garland under the Storms/Nocturnes moniker, produced compelling music for the Japanese marketplace using the New Sound Quartet name and filled venues across the globe to capacity when they take the bandstand together. While six years separate their debut--Live In Seattle (Origin, ...

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Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group: Live in Seattle

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Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer GroupLive in SeattleOrigin Records2006 As can be the case on special occasions, this live recording is ripe with sonic excitement, spontaneity, and the ubiquitous impression that something extraordinary is happening right before one's ears.That undoubtedly was the feeling of those who filled the Mars Hill Church on November 19, 2005 for the third annual Ballard Jazz Festival's headline concert. The wow factor, in full ...

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Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group: Live in Seattle

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Vibraphonist Joe Locke and keyboardist Geoffrey Keezer have been working together for some time as the New Sound Quartet, which has released two discs in Japan. But while that group--clearly the precursor to this quartet--focused out of necessity on a primarily standards-based repertoire, Live in Seattle provides a far better and more accurate representation of its potential. Featuring three songs each by Locke and Keezer, it's also further evidence that Locke--along with Stefon Harris and Steve Nelson--is one of the ...


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