Guitarist Grant Geissman assembled an all-star band for his quintet featured on his audiophile jazz CD/DVD, entitled There And Back Again. Gregg Bissonette (drums), Jim Cox (piano), Gordon Goodwin (sax) and Jimmy Johnson (electric bass) contribute their talents to the project, which comes on a double-sided disc (side one featuring DVD-Audio and side two featuring DVD-Video. The fusion here is punchy and red hot, and on the DVD side, you'll feel as if you're taking a private lesson with Geissman, with a great view on how he achieves all of his fancy fretwork. A great use of angles and split screen let you see how the other musicians on this live-in-the-studio concert are faring. Highly recommended for players and non-players alike.
Guitarist/composer Grant Geissman is a much in-demand studio musician who has recorded with such artists as Quincy Jones, David Benoit, Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello and Chuck Mangione, among others. He has also played on the scores for such TV shows as Monk, Dawson's Creek, and Touched By An Angel, as well as on movies like The Cable Guy, My Dog Skip, Tomb Raider II, Private Parts, Star Trek: Resurrection, The Majestic and Anaconda. Grant has also been busy working with eclectic musician/composer Van Dyke Parks on Parks' solo projects, and on music for the HBO children's program Harold and the Purple Crayon, for which Geissman and Parks were nominated for an Annie Award. He is also a popular Contemporary Jazz recording artist in his own right, with eleven highly regarded albums as a solo artist.
Geissman is currently writing music for his next CD release where he continues the trip back to his mainstream jazz and blues roots.
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