Jay Geils Plays Jazz!

Jay Geils Plays Jazz!

by J. GeilsJ. Geils

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Overview

The title of Jay Geils' solo debut is Jay Geils Plays Jazz!, but for many listeners that exclamation mark should be substituted with a question mark, since Geils has long been associated with the raw, greasy, house-party blues-rock of the J. Geils Band, which seems a million miles away from jazz. Thing is, for as down and dirty as the JGB got, they were always exceptional musicians, something that was proven in Geils' '90s blues band with Magic Dick, Bluestime. That latter outfit gave Geils room to grow as a guitarist, as did his other project, the New Guitar Summit, and the full extent of his transformation to jazz guitarist is shown on Jay Geils Plays Jazz! This is firmly grounded in '50s bop, favoring the laid-back nature of cool but the chops of hard bop, and it dabbles in big bands, blues, and swing, including Western swing in the form a nifty version of Bob Wills' "I Hear You Talkin' to Me." While there are no great surprises here, Geils has supple support from pianist/organist Al Wilson, bassist John Turner, and drummer Gordon Grottenthaler, plus some nice spotlights from saxophonists Scott Hamilton, Greg Piccolo, and Crispin Cioe. Geils himself is tasteful and engaging throughout, making this album a thoroughly enjoyable first foray into jazz for the guitarist.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2005
Label: Stony Plain Music
UPC: 0772532130622
catalogNumber: 1306
Rank: 92678

Album Credits

Performance Credits

J. Geils   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar
Scott Hamilton   Tenor Saxophone
Billy Novick   Clarinet
Gerry Beaudoin   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Crispin Cioe   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Rich Lataille   Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Miller   Mandolin,Electronic Mandolin
Greg Piccolo   Tenor Saxophone
John Turner   Bass,Bass Guitar
Frank Blandino   Steel Guitar
Alan Wilson   Piano,Hammond Organ
Gordon Grottenthaler   Drums
Jay Geils   Electric Guitar
Wilson   Piano,Hammond B3

Technical Credits

Peggy Lee   Composer
Bill Doggett   Composer
Clifford Brown   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Rahsaan Roland Kirk   Composer
Mel Powell   Composer
Dave Barbour   Composer
Clifford Scott   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
J. Geils   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
David Perry   Liner Notes
Harry Warren   Composer
C. Walker   Composer
Timm Keleher   Engineer
J.J. Hodges   Composer
Rebecca Fagan   Cover Design
Jay Geils   Audio Production

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