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Long Way Home

by Uli Geissendoerfer Trio

This Jazz Piano Trio honed it's deep sense of swing with complex and inspired interplay through several years as house band of the premier Vegas Jazz Club. Six originals, one standard and three Beatles covers with brilliant arrangements will amaze you.
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6. Be Still
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Check out the great liner notes by Kabir Seghal (Grammy winning producer and author)

Uli Geissendoerfer, German-American pianist, composer, and arranger is a unique and remarkable musician adept in many styles with an emphasis on World Music, Jazz, and improvisation.

The Trio Vol.I is Uli’s sixth album as leader, yet his first trio album. And, as he notes, has been a long time coming. “Trio has been my mainstay ever since I started playing Jazz, when the trios of Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Michael Camilo trios influenced me heavily. ”
This project was honed with his regular Trio at the Dispensary Lounge, where he has been curating the music for the last six years. Throughout these performances, backing up a multitude of singers and visiting guest artists, his trio has crafted a plush, beautiful sound, which you hear in spades on this album. With Dave Ostrem on acoustic bass, and Angelos Stokes on drums, Vol. I is a unique and virtuosic journey for the listener that bridges the gap between many different colors of Jazz, non-Western, and improvised music, while also paying beautiful homage to some of the most important pop musicians of the twentieth century.

The album opens with a colorful arrangement of The Beatles’ Here Comes The Sun. Uli took a familiar tune and renders a fresh perspective showcasing his vividness as an arranger and composer. Originally written for Uli’s quintet ‘Colors’ and their Beatles Jazz tribute, it features a complex 13/8 time ostinato motive that becomes the backdrop for this ubiquitous pop anthem.

Long Way Home, which almost became the title for the album, Uli dedicates to his mother. It is a meditative and pulsing creation in which we hear elements of Uli’s introspection as this number unfolds with well-placed solos and space. “ When I started writing the moody minor melody, it had such an “old world” feel and really I didn’t expect it to finally end up in Major. Thus coming home was my immediate impression after finishing it.”

Urban Cowboy, the title track, was the first originals of the trio and has been featured already in several videos. The title’s inspiration, Jake Langley is a friend who rides a pickup and has a chicken coop yet is a great guitarist and usually wears the ubiquitous cowboy boots. At it’s core a simple blues it becomes a playing field for all three to expand upon it. The trio displays its breadth of style as the tune takes flight from the first sustained and provocative bass riff, and grows with verve throughout.

The next two tracks are very retrospective as they reach back when Uli first delved into Jazz. Sudden Moment is the very first jazz tune that he ever wrote, a testament to his precocious talent. Monk's Mouse, written soon after is a respectful and honest tribute to Thelonius Monk. “Hearing Monk I can never help but smile. His incredible playing and writing always puts you in a good mood. He’s the father of quirk and surprise and tongue in cheek with an almost endless depth. Monk’s use of the augmented scale helped this one come about. And the title is the necessary homage.” Monk’s musicianship has influenced a legion of pianists, but rarely do we hear such an extraordinary tribute from a disciple to his inspiration. Uli achieves an ideal homage, evoking elements of Monk the master, while also creating a piece that sparkles with novelty.

5-67 features special guest drummer Ryan Rose who helped the bridge of the song come about when he heard the original groove “Man, you should do a Brazilian bridge”. This track, in a 7/8 meter, takes its title from the bass groove and is a musical answer to the award winning track “3-41” from his earlier album “Colors”, where Ryan also played drums, and followed the same idea.

Be Still is an intimate and touching tribute - this time, to Uli's son: it was written originally with the left hand, while the pianist held his then three-month-old son, Leonardo, on his other arm. It’s almost as if we hear a young father whispering to his son through emotive touch and musicality.

The group fashions their own take on a standard: You and The Night and The Music is usually played with a medium swing feel, but here the group plays it with a slower and more mysterious odd meter vibe, while the contrasting bridge offers a brief moment of the classic swing iteration of the tune.

The album ends with two more tributes to The Beatles: Come Together and Blackbird. These tracks take the two iconic tunes to mixed metered places, at once toeing the delicate balancing act between innovation and homage. Performed live and recorded in-studio in one fell swoop, these two tracks, separated here, end the album with depth and grace.

I listen to many albums every year. And I have to say, this one is a cut above the rest. Long Way Home is an out-and-out dazzler.

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There’s indeed a multiplicity to this man, who is able to work, with skill, at the highest level, and with various formats and forms of musicians and groups. From long time associations like William Cepeda, Groove Collective, Ute Lemper, Cirque du Soleil to stints with Tito Puente and Blood, Sweat and Tears and others. His projects include his World Jazz Quintet “Colors”, the Beregovsky Project, a duo with fabulous award winning violin virtuoso Alicia Svigals, and Bangalore Breakdown, an Indian World Jazz project featuring Premik Russell Tubbs with whom he often performs as well as a duo. As a film composer, Uli composed together with Emmy nominated composer Steve Sandberg the critically acclaimed short film, Climbing Miss Sophie, winner of the NYU Film Festival 2002, and he was invited to the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals among other prestigious festivals worldwide. Together with Nicole Renaud they are featured on three releases of cartoonist Bill Plympton. Last year one of his and Nicole’s songs, Red, made it onto the short list for the Academy Awards.

In 2009, he moved to Las Vegas where he was the conductor, pianist and bandleader with the Cirque du Soleil production “Viva Elvis.” He resurrected the Latin Jazz Ensemble at UNLV – the University of Nevada Las Vegas - which won Downbeat Awards in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, taking 1st place in 2015. Aside from initiating a lecture series at the university, serving as curator for the Steinway Concert Series, he also founded the “Jazz Club at the Dispensary Lounge” (winning “Best of Las Vegas”. Now in its sixth year having been graced by luminaries such as Wynton Marsalis, Scott Henderson, Danny Gottlieb, George Garzone and many more.

Kabir Sehgal
Multi-GRAMMY & Latin GRAMMY Award winning producer

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