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Guitarist/composer Grant Geissman is a popular Contemporary Jazz recording artist, with fourteen highly regarded solo albums. Grant's latest project, Cool Man Cool, features "cool music I like to play, cool people I like to play with," including special guests Chick Corea, Chuck Mangione, Tom Scott, Jerry Hahn, Russell Ferrante, Patrice Rushen, Mike Finnigan, and Van Dyke Parks! His previous project, Say That!, marked his return to "real" (not Smooth) jazz, and contains thirteen original Grant Geissman compositions that play like a righteous melding of 1960s Wes Montgomery, Horace Silver, and Jimmy Smith. Jazz critic Bill Milkowski wrote that "Say That! is an iron fist upside the mushy head of smooth jazz, and Grant Geissman's defiant declaration of independence."

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Article: Album Review

Lauren White: Life in the Modern World

Read "Life in the Modern World" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Vocalist, actress, producer.... Lauren White does it all. And, as befits a Renaissance artist, she not only excels, but also explores the unique, the compelling and the substantive. With Life in the Modern World she and her team of Los Angeles aces do precisely that, delivering 11 fine selections, most lesser-known, but each a certified gem. ...

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News: Recording

Mark Winkler And Cheryl Bentyne Team Up Again In Eastern Standard Time

Mark Winkler And Cheryl Bentyne Team Up Again In Eastern Standard Time

Vocalists Mark Winkler and Cheryl Bentyne go together like champagne and caviar. Bentyne is a long-time mainstay of the iconic group The Manhattan Transfer. She is also a solo performer with over a dozen CDs under her own name. Winkler is a 2018 Downbeat Rising Male Vocalist and a popular lyricist. He has recorded 16 CDs, ...

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Article: Album Review

David Ricard Big Band: Parallels

Read "Parallels" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Whatever else the fates may decree, fortune must be smiling when one can open a big-band album with the workaday theme from “Spider-Man" and make it shine. Bassist David Ricard is fortune's beneficiary here, as are those partisans who are lucky enough to chance upon Parallels, Ricard's third and most recent treatise on big-band excellence. Whereas ...

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News: Book / Magazine

Grant Geissman's New Book Feldstein: The Mad Life And Fantastic Art Of Al Feldstein

Grant Geissman's New Book Feldstein: The Mad Life And Fantastic Art Of Al Feldstein

In the opinion of many comic book aficionados, the greatest comics ever created were those published in the 1950s by Bill Gaines at EC Comics. Gaines’s creative right-hand man at EC was Al Feldstein, a triple threat artist/writer/editor. And after EC was forced by various guardians of morality to drop their comics in the mid-1950s, Feldstein ...

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Article: Interview

Lorraine Feather: I Love You Guys

Read "Lorraine Feather: I Love You Guys" reviewed by Carl L. Hager


The great pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk, is credited with the remark that “writing about jazz is like dancing about architecture." But don't dash off and try to authenticate the quote. One, it'll just take you down a rabbit hole, and two, whether or not he ever actually uttered those words doesn't really matter. Because far ...

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Article: Album Review

Lorraine Feather: Attachments

Read "Attachments" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Let's get this out up front: Lorraine Feather is a collaborator extraordinaire. Before taking that down a darker path and picturing black op sites, duct tape, and stubbly- faced bad cats, let's spill: take a masterful wordsmith who's also a sublime vocal talent, surround her with highly intelligent soundscapes and wrap with some of L.A.'s usual ...

News: Recording

Getting To Know Peggy Duquesnel

Getting To Know Peggy Duquesnel

“Seems Like I Know You” EP due April 16th, first single features Lorber, Haslip and Braun Long Beach, CA (4 March 2013): Transitioning from straight-ahead jazz and inspirational music to showcase her skillset as a contemporary singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist Peggy Duquesnel got to know jazz fusion keyboard pioneer Jeff Lorber and bassist Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets) ...

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Bop! Bang! Boom!

Label: Futurism Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Boom!; The Singularity; Q Tip (for Quincy Jones); Un Poco Español; Go To The Window; Good Morning, Mr Phelps; $25 Stella; Texas Shuffle; Samba En Menor; Guitarism; Take Yer Time; Off The Grid.

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Article: Album Review

Grant Geissman: Bop! Bang! Boom!

Read "Bop! Bang! Boom!" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Grant Geissman's lengthy career as a guitarist and composer started in the early '70s. His résumé includes the guitar solo on flugelhornist Chuck Mangione's 1978 hit single “Feels So Good," a discography of around 15 albums as leader and compositions for TV such as the theme for the CBS comedy Two And A Half Men. Bop! ...


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