Great debut from young leader-writer
Triple Play is Geordie’s first recording as producer, composer, and band leader. I first met Geordie when he played some Gershwin songs for church during the summer of 2005. Geordie has a well deserved reputation as a guitar player’s guitar player. The playing on Triple Play is impressive. No flash or thunder. The licks have a subtle swing that meshes with the bass and drumming. The casual listener will miss the textured phrasing, the interplay of the three parts, and some subtle pick work and drum brush work.
Even when covering a standard, Geordie and his mates make the tune their own. For example, Doxy opens with a bass riff, the theme appears, Geordie develops it through some interesting twists and turns and recapitulates the theme to close. It is almost classical in its structure and could be a modern chamber piece. Geordie and his bassist, Peter VanDeReit developed this arrangement of the Sonny Rollins original. Christopher Koroshetz completes the trio on drums. The preview illustrates the technique and syncopation present but to really hear the magic you need to listen to the whole piece, preferably in Apple lossless or from the CD.
Geordie and the trio reward the careful listener with music that remains fresh and engaging with repeated listening. Well crafted recording preserves a nuanced performance of great musical depth. Triple Play is an intimate introduction to guitar trio music that explores several jazz styles.
Master Sound Studio in Virginia Beach, VA is to be commended for a pristine and natural recording. Geordie and the band have a rich and nuanced sound that made it to a disk that brings the trio into your livingroom. The recording captures subtle technique and phrasing including some sophisticated brushed symbol work and a natural tom-tom sound. The stereo image is natural and intimate in its perspective with a you are there positioning and spread that is consistent from cut to cut. If you like what you hear from Uncle Steve's store, treat yourself to the masters.