Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group

Live In Seattle

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Tad Hendrickson, JazzWeek

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THOSE WHO MADE it to Rochester in June know what a potent combination vibesman Joe Locke and pianist Geoffrey Keezer are. The duo is backed by drummer Terreon Gully and bassist Mike Pope here for a live set that seems to take pains to show the versatility of the group. This might be because Locke and Keezer share the
composition duties equally, but it likely comes from the fact that the band was hitting on all cylinders the sound ranges from the hardboppin "Van Gogh By Numbers" to swirling and slightly dreamy "Honu," and that is just the first two tracks. Since this is a live album, song and solo length are issues, but the quartet moves smartly from part to part, never dwelling too long in one place. The lone cover of James Taylor's "Native
Son" might be of interest to some, but the reggae-tinged "Tulipa" and the aforementioned "Van Gogh" are the two strongest tracks here.








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