Out Now: ‘Blooz,’ New Album from Guitarist/Composer Grant Geissman; Album Release Show 9/24 in LA


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Blooz is the title of a new album from Grant Geissman, a renowned guitarist/composer whose work and influence spans decades.

In addition to studio work alongside icons such as Chuck Mangione, Quincy Jones, Steve Tyrell, Ringo Starr and many more, Geissman has also penned the theme songs for several hit television shows. Per a news release:

A session veteran of numerous film and television scores, Geissman co-wrote the music for all 12 seasons of the hit CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, earning an Emmy nomination for the catchy theme song. (He included an extended jazzy take of this theme on his 2006 album Say That!). Grant co-wrote the music for all six seasons of Mike & Molly, as well as for the first season of B Positive (both on CBS). He has also contributed specialty music for such shows as The Big Bang Theory and Mom.

For Blooz, Geissman teamed up with a number of friends and musical colleagues, among them Randy Brecker, Tom Scott, David Garfield, Russell Ferrante, Josh Smith, Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, and John Jorgenson. Following its release on Aug. 19, Blooz quickly became the No. 1 most-added album on the Jazz Week radio chart.

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Geissman paid a visit to Rock Cellar HQ to chat with staff writer Lauri Reimer about the Blooz album, some memories from throughout his career and more. Enjoy:

And here’s a look at the record in the form of an interview with Geissman from Norman’s Rare Guitars:

To celebrate its release, Geissman and his band (Brian Scanlon, woodwinds; Jim Cox, piano and B3 organ; Lyman Medeiros, bass; Ray Brinker, drums; and special guest Tom Scott) will host an album release show/party on Sept. 24 at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, Calif.

 

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At the gig, the ensemble will premiere selections from the new Blooz album, plus classic selections from Grant’s numerous other recordings. Click here for tickets.

Blooz is released via Mesa/Bluemoon and Geissman’s own Futurism label. As he explained in a statement:

“My decision to start the Futurism label, and writing and recording in a more traditional jazz vein, came after several years of soul searching to figure out what I wanted to do and what kind of music would mean something to me,” Geissman said. “I started listening again to the classic Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, and Horace Silver albums I loved growing up and began to appreciate even more fully the way they balanced great melodies with jazz improvisations. That balance became the basis of the first three albums I recorded on Futurism. One of the reasons I created the label was so that I could explore anything I wanted—which to me is what an artist is supposed to do. On BLOOZ, with the help of great friends and incredible musicians, I had some of the most fun and made some of the best music of my career. And what could be wrong with that?”

Beyond Geissman’s reputable list of works in television history, his career as a session musician is equally impressive:

Over the years, Geissman lent his virtuosity to recordings by mainstream artists such as Quincy Jones, Steve Tyrell, Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello, Van Dyke Parks and Brian Wilson, Robbie Williams, and Michael Feinstein; jazz talents like Lorraine Feather, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, and David Benoit; and even personal heroes Ringo Starr and Klaus Voormann. Grant grew up as a huge Beatles fan and contributing to Starr’s Ringorama album fulfilled a lifelong dream. Grant also played on a recording/documentary about the life of Voormann, the famed bassist, artist, and longtime member of the Beatles’ inner circle.

Give Blooz a listen below.



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