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Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group

In a career moving from one milestone to the next with accelerating regularity, the past decade has represented particularly extraordinary artistic growth for vibraphonist Joe Locke as a composer and leader. Beginning in 2001 with the Storms/Nocturnes Trio collaboration with Geoffrey Keezer and Tim Garland, and moving forward with projects under his own leadership – ranging from the Four Walls of Freedom group and Milt Jackson Tribute Band to the more recent Force of Four – Locke's deep understanding of the jazz tradition, married with a profound and unrelenting modernism, has established him as the most multi-dimensional vibraphonist of his generation, and also as one of the most imaginative, lyrical and emotionally arresting leader/composers in today’s jazz arena. With the release of the Joe Locke /Geoffrey Keezer group’s Signing, the much in demand follow-up to their Live in Seattle ( Earshot Awards’ ‘Best live performance of 2006’), Locke's career is set to kick into yet a higher gear as he simultaneously forges a new relationship with the forward-thinking Motéma imprint

Mike Pope: Cold Truth Warm Heart

Read "Mike Pope: Cold Truth Warm Heart" reviewed by John Kelman

Cold Truth Warm Heart isn't Mike Pope's first album as a leader (it's his third), but in the 12 years since The Lay of the Land (Whaling City Sound, 2002), the bassist has, in addition to some serious life-changers, forged a relationship with two musicians of unequivocal significance. First appearing on Joe Locke's State of Soul ...

Signing

Label: Motéma Music
Released: 2012
Track listing: Signing; The Lost Lenore; Darth Alexis; Naima; Hide And Seek; Her Sanctuary; Terraces; This Is Just To Say.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

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

Read "The Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group, Half Moon Bay, CA, July 8, 2012" reviewed by Bill Leikam

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group: Signing

Read "Signing" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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 ...

Live in Seattle

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Van Gogh By Numbers; Honu; Fractured; Native Son; Miramar; Tulipa; The King (For T.M.).

Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group: Live in Seattle

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Van Gogh by the Numbers; Honu; Fractured; Native Son; Miramar; Tulipa; The King (for T.M.)

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group: Live in Seattle

Read "Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group: Live in Seattle" reviewed by Jason West

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group: Live in Seattle

Read "Live in Seattle" reviewed by John Kelman

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 ...


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