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Flying Colors

(1991)

Track List

1. Flying Colors (Grant Geissman/Lloyd Moffitt) [4:50]
2. Tricks of the Trade (Grant Geissman/Steven Rawlins) [4:06]
3. Long Goodbye (Grant Geissman/Joe Curiale) [4:08]
4. Barcelona (Grant Geissman) [4:56]
5. Places I've Been (Grant Geissman) [5:00]
6. El Cabong Rides Again (Grant Geissman) [4:16]

7. Neon Nights (Grant Geissman/Emil Palame) [4:38]

8. Hang Time (Grant Geissman/Larry Steelman) [3:53]

9. Dancing on the Edge (Grant Geissman/Emil Palame) [5:00]

10. Where the Heart Is (Grant Geissman) [5:05]

Personnel

Grant Geissman - Electric, 12 String, Acoustic & Classical Guitars

Emil Palame, Gordon Goodwin, Terry Trotter - Piano & Keyboards

Jimmy Johnson & Lloyd Moffitt - Bass

North Hollywood Wire Choir Strings

Tom Walsh - Drums

Brad Dutz - Percussion

Sam Riney - Woodwinds

Charles Davis - Trumpet

Rick Baptist - Trumpet

Gary Meek - Tenor Sax

Steve Holtman - Trombone

Jim Cowger - Music Copyist

William Hawkes - Photography

Eddie Schreyer - Mastering

Alan Hirshberg - Engineering/Mixing

James Jowers - Assistant Engineer
Kathleen Covert - Art Direction, Design

George Nauful - Coordinator for Mesa/Bluemoon

Produced by Grant Geissman and Paul Stilwell

Reviews

"What surely sets Grant Geissman apart from other acoustic guitar soloists in contemporary jazzdom is his impeccably mellifluous composing skills and his desire to stretch himself into more challenging sub genres. While never straying too far from his trademark David Benoit like peppiness, Flying Colors — which represents the guitarist's commercial peak on early smooth jazz radio-displays mouth-watering flamenco and brassy Latin tinges. A musically logical follow up to the similarly vibrant Take Another Look, Geissman's playing is enhanced by the positive support of keyboardists Gordon Goodwin and Emil Palame and saxophonist Sam Riney. Of special note (and the best cut) is Geissman's ode to his youth, "Places I've Been," which features Byrd-like riffs, Beatle-esque sitar and orchestrated, "Eleanor Rigby" touches."

- Jonathan Widran

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