Geoffrey Keezer - Playdate - MarKeez Records

On this eclectic new release, the GRAMMY-nominated musician continues to augment and refine his distinctive style. The album’s lighthearted namesake is an homage to the concept of planning a playdate for a group of kids. Rallying a group of distinguished collaborators, Keezer calls this virtuosic cast “Geoffrey Keezer and Friends.” On Playdate, an idiomatic mastery of funk, hard bop, gospel, heavenly strings and the blues is externalized by an all-star musical roster. “I’m trying to dig deeper and deeper into what is my style, my personality as a pianist, and how I can develop it more,” the bandleader adds, commenting on his new offering. On PlaydateGeoffrey Keezer upholds his old friend Christian McBride’s observation that he “never repeats himself.” Expanding beyond the straight ahead and into a vigorous enterprise, Playdate is anchored by decades of rich influences, emanating the mastery of an artist who continues to surprise himself. “I want there to be moments on this record that make you do a double take. I want it to be unpredictable and exciting and fun to listen to.”