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On Cool Man Cool, the stunning follow-up to Say That!, jazz guitarist Grant Geissman takes you places you might not expect to go, but the destination is always cool, man, cool. With cool special guests including Chick Corea, Chuck Mangione, Tom Scott, Jerry Hahn, Russell Ferrante, Patrice Rushen, and Van Dyke Parks. Packaged in a custom gatefold Mini LP-style cover, and featuring artwork by beat/outsider artist Miles Thompson.
'From scorching bebop to Latin jazz romp, from poignant ballad to jaunty Hot Club of France tribute, with touches of calypso, second line grooves, shuffle blues, greasy organ-fueled funk and '50s-styled exotica along the way, Cool Man Cool stands as Grant Geissman's most eclectic and gratifying outing to date.' - from the liner notes by Bill Milkowski.
Guitarist/composer Grant Geissman is a noted Hollywood session player as well as a solo recording artist. Geissman's trademark over the course of his many solo recordings - from the mainstream jazz of Good Stuff in 1978 (Concord Jazz) to 1998's acid jazz/hybrid In With the Out Crowd (Higher Octave) - has been applying his formidable guitaristic virtuosity to his melodically strong, signature compositions.
Geissman co-wrote the Emmy-nominated theme (and also co-writes the underscore) for the hit CBS-TV series Two and a Half Men. As a much in-demand studio musician, he has recorded with such artists as Quincy Jones, Chuck Mangione (playing the now-classic guitar solo on the 1978 hit Feels So Good), Lorraine Feather, Cheryl Bentyne, Van Dyke Parks, Ringo Starr, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Joanna Newsom, Inara George, Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello. He has also played on the scores for such TV shows as Monk (playing the Django Reinhardt-style acoustic guitar solo on the theme) and Dawson's Creek.
I wrote this guy off decades ago 'cause he played with Chuck Mangione, and 'cause I heard, like, one cut from his first album and didn't like it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by luv my 20D!
Very Cool Jazz. GG has a great technique and melodic phrasing. This album grows me, as I listen to GG and his band do their thing.Published on February 12, 2013 by S. Mayo
This CD is a total pleasure, with great compositions and arrangements plus superb musicianship. Every track establishes a cool groove. Dig it!Published on April 9, 2012 by Daniel Lederer