Press Release: Stained Glass - Geoff Lapp - ER 0606


Proudly Present STAINED GLASS

Latest CD from the Geoff Lapp Trio (ER 0606)

Stained Glass presents Montreal’s great GEOFF LAPP on piano and composition, accompanied by his band mates, Paul Johnston on bass and Dave Laing on drums. The band has played together for long enough for a unique band sound to emerge. The album offers a lively assortment of tunes from three of Montreal’s most respected jazzmen. This latest CD features 5 originals penned by Geoff Lapp, along with 5 lesser known jazz standards. The tastefully articulate and harmonically innovative Lapp is in characteristic form, and embarks on melodic explorations that take full advantage of the uninhibited freedoms facilitated by the trio format.

From the freestyle sparkle of Sunny Rays to the tightly patterned swing of The Party’s Over, Stained Glass reflects a wide spectrum of jazz colours. The album opens with a light-hearted caprice, glistening with bright, glassy tones that conjure up the play of sunlight at the edges of freshly-contoured glass. Hues deepen in Elsa, the Earl Zindars tune which Bill Evans elevated to jazz standard status. Initiated with a crystalline, Satie-like intro, the song soon liquefies into a wistful swing. The trio moves into straight-ahead swing on Richard Rogers' show-tune With a Song in My Heart, with fine soloing featured all round as eights and fours get traded. Up next is a languorous rendition of Billy Strayhorn's Day Dream, tinted with smoky brush-work, followed by a bluesy, minor-key original entitled Kathy’s Waltz. Yo, Bro, another original, returns us to a sunnier palette of primary colours and rhythms. The ‘Rose Window’ of the album, Theme for Margret, is a song full of complex hues, modulating between mournful and contemplative, and resolving towards a gospel-laced hint of spiritual grace. Then along comes the playful Zak in the Box, a funky original with a mock-stealthy, Mancini-meets-Horace Silver theme. Sweet Lorraine finds the trio swinging hard once again, and the disc closes with The Party's Over, another solidly swinging standard. Stained Glass is an apt title for this collection of tunes; melodic lines are delivered with glassy clarity and chords come shimmering through with intarsiated precision. It is also an album that leaves lots of room for the listener to explore perspectives and to evolve personal interpretations. So sit back and explore how your own moods filter through the many jazz facets of Stained Glass.
- Eric Squire

Jazz Pianist Geoff Lapp - Many devotees of contemporary jazz will recognize Geoff Lapp’s piano stylings through his work with artists such as Slide Hampton, Sonny Fortune, Richie Cole, Don Menza, Paquito d’Rivera and Ranee Lee among others. He has toured the world, from Lafayette to Beijing, from Europe to the United Arab Emirates. In Montreal, he has played extensively at Biddles, where he accompanied Lizza Minelli, among others.

The Geoff Lapp Trio - In Montreal the Geoff Lapp Trio is a landmark in its own right. Having played extended gigs at many of the town's premiere night spots, the group has become a hot draw for aficionados in search of that heady space where soulful and cerebral fuse -- the alembic where great jazz moments emerge. It is a sound that is quintessentially modern: tasteful, innovative, and infectiously swinging. It's been said that the jazz piano trio -- piano, upright bass, and drums -- is the "distilled essence" of the genre. Jazz delivered straight, no chaser: that's the 'The Geoff Lapp Trio'.

“He’s one of the city’s finest pianists, and anyone who has frequented any of the city’s jazz club’s knows Geoff Lapp is synonymous with quality musicianship, taste and flexibility.” - Montreal Gazette