Waltz For Phineas – Geoffrey Keezer
Geoffrey Keezer's first tribute to legendary pianist Phineas Newborn, Jr., is quite harmonically advanced, with rich, dark chords over a mysterious-sounding bass pedal. A solo piano arrangement is available.
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- Recording: Geoff Keezer - Curveball
- Recorded on: June 22, 1989
- Label: Sunnyside Communications (SSC 1045)
- Concert Key: No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: 3/4 swing (medium)
- Vibes - Steve Nelson
- Piano - Geoff Keezer
- Bass - Charnett Moffett
- Drums - Victor Lewis
The changes in general are often unpredictable, but the long notes of the melody connect them and keep this song flowing elegantly.
In the solos, the bass pedal section (first 12 measures of A and of C) is replaced with a single chord, B♭7(♭9). The bass is not playing a 1-feel here, but instead a two-measure pattern. A sample of Charnett Moffett's lines from the recording is shown in our Piano/Bass part. This part includes the melody, bass pedal figures, and important piano comping rhythms. It also includes the piano voicings on the intro, which repeats the first four measures of the A section twice.
The ending vamps on the last chord. Geoffrey begins this vamp by repeating a rising series of upper structure triads, which are shown in the Piano/Bass part; our lead sheets include the top notes of these as well.
A solo piano arrangement is available; click on Piano Corner for more details. Bassists, check out the Piano/Bass part.
For another song from this album check out Jackleg Patrol. The trio of Keezer, bassist Charnett Moffett, and drummer Victor Lewis recorded in 1994 on Moffett's album "Planet Home."
born on November 20, 1970
A lauded name on the jazz scene since the tender age of 17, Geoffrey Keezer is a native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Geoff took up the piano at age three and quickly showed himself to be a prodigy. As an eighteen-year-old freshman at Berklee College of Music in 1989, he was invited to join Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, launching his talents into the spotlight. The year before, his mentor James Williams encouraged him to record his debut album, the well-received "Waiting In The Wings." His career continued to take off in the early 1990s with a performance at the Hollywood Bowl of Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue (conducted by John Mauceri). Read more...