October 2005

Grant Geissman
There and Back Again
AIX

If you have a home-theater system with surround sound and a "universal" DVD player (capable of playing all the major current formats, including DVD-Audio), this disc, for only $24.95, will keep you busy for hours. The sheer amount of stuff here is mind-boggling, including bios, interviews, guitar lessons, photo galleries and technical notes.

There are three different 5.1-channel mixes. The Dolby Digital and DTS versions are on the DVD-Video side of the disc, accompanied by the session video. On the other side, there is an audio-only 96kHz/24-bit DVD-Audio mix in 5.1 channels.

That's the good news. The other news is that guitarist Grant Geissman and his four sidemen from the Los Angeles studio scene play professionally competent but largely inconsequential pop-jazz ditties, and that, somehow, with all the digital high technology lavished on this project, the sound is undistinguished. It is interesting to compare formats (Dolby Digital stands up well against DTS, and DVD-Audio is clearly superior to both), but all the versions are dull on top, deficient on the bottom and uninvolving. The video is also less than wonderful. Geissman's guitar can appear on the left side of a split screen while his guitar comes out of the right channel.

Originally published in October 2005
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