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Geoffrey Keezer: Heart of the Piano

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Pianist Geoffrey Keezer’s first solo album in 13 years is tasteful, classy and polite. It puts on full display his technical facility and his ingenuity in reimagining pop and rock songs. It also risks being too precious and at times borders on dullness.

Eight of the 10 tunes are covers, and the choices are inspired and unexpected. It takes guts to kick off a solo-piano jazz album with a cover of Rush’s “Limelight.” Keezer reworks the song to the point where only snatches are easily identifiable. The melody is twisted to conform to the way he’d like to hear the song, and it works because it is so surprising. Keezer reshapes Peter Gabriel’s “Come Talk to Me” in a similar vein, allowing pieces of the theme to poke through and employing left-hand patterns as a rhythmic device.

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