Jason Keiser is a masterful guitarist whose melodic improvisations and eloquent chord melodies reveal a prodigious and promising talent.
Joined by master guitarist, John Stowell, and four pillars of the Bay Area jazz scene, guitarist Jason Keiser dives into the music and aesthetic of trumpeter Woody Shaw's great recordings of the '70s. His most popular originals, "The Moontrane" "Zoltan," and "Katerina Ballerina," as well as his live repertoire standards "Obsequious," and "Organ Grinder," are orchestrated for the special grouping of the two guitars, Erik Jekabson on trumpet and Aaron Lington on baritone saxophone for the front line, with the powerful rhythm section of Dan Robbins and Jason Lewis providing a buoyant, churning momentum. Keiser offers his own "Shaw's Groove" as a coda and a nod to trumpet innovator's influence over generations.
1. Organ Grinder 4:42
2. Zoltan 7:07
3. The Moontrane 6:48
4. Katerina Ballerina 5:52
5. Blues for Woody 4:22
6. Obsequious 3:19
7. Jean Marie 4:53
8. Shaw's Groove 6:17
Jason Keiser - guitar
John Stowell - guitar
Erik Jekabson - trumpet/flugelhorn
Aaron Lington - baritone saxophone
Dan Robbins - double bass
Jason Lewis - drums
Produced by Jason Keiser
Recorded by Steven Glaze at Highland Studios,
Los Gatos, CA on August 18th, 2022
Mixed by Steven Glaze at Tone Freq Recording,
San Jose, CA
Mastered by Ron Rice, Falls Church, VA
Photography by Walter Wagner & Marilyn Wagner
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
Guitarist Jason Keiser leads a two guitar team alongside John Stowell with the horns of Erik Jekabson/tp-fh and Aaron Lington/bs and a rhythm section of Dan Robbins/b and Jason Lewis/dr for an album focusing on material written by the late great Woody Shaw, along with some material from the pen of Ronnie Matthews, Larry Young and himself. While ...
Jazz'halo (Belgium) (Georges Tonla Briquet)
An ode to Woody Shaw with two guitarists in the ranks, a horn section with trumpet and baritone saxophone all propelled by a rhythm section of double bass and drums. It was guitarist Jason Keizer who had the idea to pay tribute to the trumpeter who is considered one of the last great innovators of classic jazz. Erik Jekabson was given the task o ...