Stradling is an excellent player, with an excellent band, and some fine composing abilities.
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 '70's and features the rhythm section of Ramon Banda, Rene Camacho & 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.
1. Les is Mo'
2. You Don't Know That
3. Now How Much Would You Pay?
5. Stella By Starlight
6. Let's Mosey
8. The Smile On Your Face
9. And There It Was
10. Maybe Next Time
GEOFF STRADLING - piano / synthesizer
RICK KELLER - soprano / alto / tenor saxes
GARY FOSTER - flute
BRUCE LETT - acoustic / electric basses
RENE CAMACHO - acoustic bass
DAVE KARASONY - drums
RAMON BANDA - drums
MICHAEL SPIRO - percussion
Produced by GEOFF STRADLING
REcorded February and August, 2006 at StradMan Music, Encino CA
Engineered by GEOFF STRADLING
Percussion recorded by RUSSELL BOND, March 2006, at the Annex
Mixed by RUSSELL BOND at the Annex, September and October 2006
Piano Tech DAVID ANDERSEN
Mic Tech JIM WILLIAMS, Audio Upgrades
Photography by DEVON KYLE
Additional Photography by MIMI STRADLING & RICK KELLER
Design and Layout JOHN BISHOP
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
On his Origin Records debut, Los Angeles pianist Geoff Stradling makes short work of showing why he was picked by the label. While the focus of Origin is generally on Northwest artists, they have some fair leniency if the music is good, and will pick up exceptional players that might not have been heard before otherwise. In the case of Stradling, y ...
www.tomhull.com (Tom Hull)
First album by a pianist whose CV starts off with increasingly long lists of film, tv, and commercial work (Pampers, Swatch, Purina -- just a few that strike my fancy), then trails off into a couple of dozen album appearances (Alphonse Mouzon, Jane's Addiction). Nothing there prepares you for this album, an easy swinging concoction with Rick Keller ...
L.A. Jazz Scene (Jim Santella)
Pianist Geoff Stradling arranged for each of the ten selections on his latest release to represent a different view of modern jazz. Besides the usual personnel changes during the session, he's instituted striking differences in the music so that we end up with impressions that honor Miles Davis, Eddie Harris, Dexter Gordon, Bill Evans, Aaron Coplan ...
Audiophile Audition (Jeff Krow)
Geoff Stradling is a man of many tastes. His Origin release gives his audience the chance to take a musical journey with him. The pristine sound that Stradling presents on the CD is an added bonus with Geoff himself both producing and engineering his maiden effort for the label. Recorded in February and August 2006, at Stradman Music (Stradling's o ...
Amazon (R.D. Wood)
Geoff Stradling is a highly accomplished composer, arranger, and musician living in Los Angeles. This is his debut work as a group leader and it is superb. Stradling is composer of unusual and original melodies and arrangements that are thoughtful, intelligent, and emotive. All compositions are by Stradling except "Stella by Starlight", presented h ...