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Geoffrey Keezer: Falling Up

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If falling down begins with a rude disruption and ends quickly in a painful thud, then falling up would begin with something softly insinuating itself into your consciousness and, after a leisurely development, end by opening into something new. That’s the definition Geoffrey Keezer creates on Falling Up, anyway, and on it the pianist and several of his closest musical friends persuasively argue that the process is as universal as it is satisfying.

Falling Up explores a cornucopia of genres, but the album’s emotional core is the three Hawaiian songs that Keezer explores with Keola Beamer, a master of the Hawaiian slack-key guitar. The two men play these beautiful melodies with eloquent simplicity, intertwining their instrumental lines with an intimacy that shows the depth of their partnership.

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