Guitarist Grant Geissman's "Bop! Bang! Boom!" - July 17 Release On Futurism Records
Eclectic new music from jazz guitarist/composer Grant Geissman, with special guests, including Albert Lee, Larry Carlton, Mike Finnigan, Russell Ferrante, Leland Sklar, and Van Dyke Parks.
“From loping funk to boogaloo to earthy blues shuffles, with a haunting ballad, a beautiful samba and an urgently swinging post-bop romp thrown into the mix—along with touches of classical, flamenco and zydeco—he covers all the bases with authority on BOP! BANG! BOOM!” —from the liner notes by Bill Milkowski
Non-musical highlights include original cover artwork by noted beat/“lowbrow” artist Miles Thompson; cool retro-style “Mini LP” CD gatefold sleeve; two full color bonus insert sheets with session photos, credits, and extensive liner notes; bonus sheet of BOP! BANG! BOOM! Trading Cards.
Bop! Bang! Boom! is the third album in a loosely fashioned trilogy that reflects Geissman’s shift to more traditional jazz expressions. The powerfully eclectic follow-up to Say That! and Cool Man Cool includes amped-up ventures into numerous genres that reflect Geissman’s multitude of passions.
“The key to making meaningful music for me is to not limit myself stylistically. I actually can’t envision writing an album where every track sounds the same. One of the reasons I created my own label, Futurism, was so that I could explore anything I wanted—which to me is what an artist is supposed to do. I don’t know what happens after Bop! Bang! Boom!, it might be completely different. But it’s not about having a master plan, it’s about writing and recording music that excites and inspires me.”
Geissman co-wrote the Emmy-nominated theme (and also co-writes the underscore) for the hit CBS-TV series Two and a Half Men. He also co-writes the underscore for the hit series Mike & Molly (also on CBS). As a studio musician, he has recorded with such artists as Quincy Jones, Chuck Mangione (playing the now-classic guitar solo on the 1978 hit “Feels So Good”), Lorraine Feather, Cheryl Bentyne, Van Dyke Parks, Ringo Starr, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Joanna Newsom, Inara George, Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello.