Are you listening more, and enjoying it less? Then SAY THAT!
Legendary guitarist Grant Geissman has thrown down the gauntlet that separates the Jazz men from the Smooth Jazz boys!
Say That! is a triumph, a collection of thirteen original Grant Geissman compositions that play like a righteous melding of 1960s Wes Montgomery, Horace Silver, and Jimmy Smith. It's real music that swings, simmers, smolders, and burns.
It's good for the soul, and anything but "smooth"!
"Say That! is an iron fist upside the mushy head of smooth jazz, and Grant Geissman's defiant declaration of independence."-- Bill Milkowski
Say That! has earned some of the best reviews of Grant's career!
Grant Geissman returns to his straightahead roots with Say That!, which features searing originals embedded with tradition.- Jim Santella, All About Jazz
Geissman's Quintet jumps from rootsy blues and modern funk to brisk, Wes Montgomery-inspired jazz without sounding affected or contrived.- August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Geissman swings, hipster cool, through arrangements that are tasteful, inventive, and free of the improvisational complacency common to smooth jazz."- Ed Bumgardner, Winston-Salem Journal
This release is a potent statement made by Geissman; he is abandoning a path of smooth jazz that has embraced him for years. This effort is created for the musician's ear, and others are invited along for the ride.- Dr. Mike, radioioJazz
Smooth jazz fans may be slow to check out Grant Geissman's Say That!, but every other jazz collector should snap it up and join the fun (which includes the colorful Miles Thompson artwork and Bill Milkowski's enjoyable liner notes).- Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
First-rate L.A.-based contemporary guitarist offers a set of sturdy cookers and other moods. Geissman's clean, open sound and keen ear for good notes lights up these pieces.- Zan Stewart, The Newark, New Jersey Star Ledger
A new album that has its roots in the sounds of Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, and Jimmy Smith, but with a fresh, contemporary edge. Jazz radio should jump on this modern interpretation of the sounds and styles that once made commercial jazz radio 'electric.'- Ed Trefzger, JAZZWEEK
A great statement that should break him out of the smooth jazz ghetto, where he doesn't belong, this is the kind of smoking set that will have believers making others into believers. Hot stuff from one of the great, contemporary undervalued pros.- Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap
Geissman is a helluva guitarist, electric and acoustic. Rich in variety, this is a great album for those who don't realize they like jazz, and for those who do.- Jim Newsom, Portfolio Weekly, Norfolk, VA
A stellar ensemble of West Coast players on a thirteen-track set that displays Geissman's amazing songwriting skills and guitar chops.- Sounds of Timeless Jazz
This aggressive blowing session is a welcome surprise from the guitarist best known for his work with Chuck Mangione.- Dan Forte, Vintage Guitar
Say That! exudes warmth, playfulness, and a sense of humor in both Geissman's supple, single-note solos and the feel of such tradition-anchored originals as 'Below the Radar,' 'Grandfather's Banjo,' and the 10-minute closer, 'Wes is More.'- David Okamoto, Ice Magazine
He's back! Geissman's clear roots in the jazz mainstream, and a less-is-more style that reveals greater depth, makes Say That! a welcome return to the fold for a guitarist who's always deserved more street cred than he's received.- John Kelman, All About Jazz
Say That! is a fun and infectious outing, and filled with solid musicianship. Geissman and company show also their versatility with aplomb.- Gary C.W. Chun, The Honolulu Star Bulletin
Guitarist Geissman's built a solid rep as a smooth-jazz player since his early days with Chuck Mangione, but this fine solo outing represents an effort to distance himself from a format he now dismisses as Muzak.- Bliss, Pasadena Weekly