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Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer Group: Signing

The special hook-up between vibraphonist Joe Locke and pianist Geoffrey Keezer is based on shared assets like chops, listening skills and a gift for communicating the joy of making music. Signing is the second record by a quartet including bassist Mike Pope and drummer Terreon Gully.

There is an eternal paradigm for bands with this instrumentation. But the Locke/Keezer Group is very different from the Modern Jazz Quartet. MJQ was arch and minimalist; Locke/Keezer is lush and hot-blooded. What the two ensembles share is the magical, complementary sonorities of the vibes/piano blend.

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