Vibraphonist Joe Locke and pianist Geoffrey Keezer join forces to lead a stellar lineup musicians on their collaboration Signing. The album acquired its title from a touching story that Locke tells of his mother, who taught the deaf early her career and later befriended a blind, deaf neighbor. Locke relates this theme of connection to his bandmates here, who include bassist Mike Pope, who suffered a stroke two months before this recording, and drummer Terreon Gully. The interplay of these four talents makes for some fantastic music.The music is mostly original, save a nice arrange of John Coltrane’s Naima, there’s a fantastic sense of telepathy and timing. If you want to hear the beauty and power of what happens when a group of solid musical talents can do when they connect, this is a recording you should check out .
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Tracks: Signing, The Lost Lenore, Darth Alexis, Naima, Hide and Seek, Her Sanctuary, Terraces, This Is Just To Say.