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Grant Geissman

Guitarist Grant Geissman is a leading jazz, fusion, and instrumental pop musician who first came to the public's attention in the 1970s as a member of flügelhornist Chuck Mangione's band. Born in Berkeley, California in 1953, Geissman grew up in the San Jose area, where he became interested in music at a young age, listening to a diverse range of artists from surf bands to the Beatles, Cream, Wes Montgomery, and B.B. King. As an adolescent, he began studying guitar and learning jazz standards, eventually exploring the work of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman. After graduating high school, Geissman enrolled in the music program at De Anza Junior College, where he studied under Dr. Herb Patnoe. Patnoe was also in charge of Stan Kenton's famed jazz clinics and invited Geissman to teach guitar at the summer clinics. This early encouragement inspired Geissman to make a 1973 move to Los Angeles, where he spent a semester at Cal State Fullerton before transferring to Cal State Northridge as a classical guitar major. While there, he quickly immersed himself in the Hollywood jazz scene, nabbing gigs with such luminaries as Gerald Wilson, Louie Bellson, Tony Rizzi, and others.

In 1976, a friend recommended Geissman for a gig playing with bandleader and flügelhornist Chuck Mangione. The gig stuck and Geissman was on board for the recording of Mangione's breakout 1977 album, Feels So Good, which included a solo from the guitarist on the title track. A massively successful album, Feels So Good reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the easy listening chart, and earned a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. On the heels of this success, Geissman continued to tour and record with Mangione, appearing on such albums as Children of Sanchez, Fun and Games, and An Evening of Magic, Live at the Hollywood Bowl.

As solo artist, Geissman debuted in 1978 with Good Stuff on Concord. A deft combination of jazz, funk, blues, and pop, it fit nicely into the burgeoning smooth jazz movement and helped solidify Geissman's place as an in-demand performer in the Los Angeles studio scene. Subsequently, he appeared on a handful of albums by such artists as Gordon Goodwin, Mark Winkler, David Benoit, Keiko Matsui, and others. The guitarist returned to his solo work in 1983 with Put Away Childish Toys, followed by Drinkin' from the Money River in 1986. Several more well-received albums followed, including 1987's Snapshots, 1988's All My Tomorrows, and 1989's Take Another Look.

During the '90s, Geissman continued his run of delivering highly regarded crossover jazz efforts, including 1990's Flying Colors, 1992's Time Will Tell, 1993's Rustic Technology, and 1998's In with the Out Crowd. He also made numerous studio dates during this period, appearing on albums by Rodney Friend, Sam Riney, Peter Allen, Sheila E., Diane Schuur, Miki Howard, Quincy Jones, Van Dyke Parks, and many more. Along with his continued work as a session player, Geissman began working in the film and television industry, contributing to soundtracks for Dawson's Creek, Boy Meets World, Monk, and others. In 2004, he earned an Emmy nomination for co-writing and recording the theme to the sitcom Two and a Half Men.

In 2000, Geissman reunited with Mangione for Everything for Love. He then returned to his own work with 2006's Say That!, followed by Cool Man Cool in 2009. In 2012, he delivered his 15th studio effort, Bop! Bang! Boom! A year later, he joined Lorraine Feather for Attachments, and in 2016 backed Manhattan Transfer vocalist Cheryl Bentyne on her Lost Love Songs album. ~ Matt Collar
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bop! Bang! Boom!

1. Boom!

2. The Singularity

3. Q Tip (For Quincy Jones)

4. Un Poco Español

5. Go To The Window

6. Good Morning, Mr. Phelps

7. $25 Stella

8. Texas Shuffle

9. Samba En Menor

10. Guitarism (For Ron Purcell)

11. Take Yer Time

12. Off The Grid

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Track List: Cool Man Cool

1. Cool Man Cool

2. Chicken Shack Jack

3. Too Cool For School

4. Chuck And Chick

5. Even If...

6. Dig Some Sides?

7. One For Jerry

8. Minnie Lights Out

9. Tiki Time

10. Nawlins

11. Crazy Talk

12. Ya Think?

13. Mad Skillz

14. Cool Blooz

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Track List: Say That!

1. Say That!

2. What's The Story?

3. Point Of View

4. Theme From Two And A Half Men

5. Yes Or No?

6. New York Stories

7. Grandfather's Banjo

8. Bossa

9. Wrong Is Right

10. Spy Versus Spy

11. Siete

12. Below The Radar

13. Wes Is More

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Track List: Hit TV: Television's Top Themes

1. Ally McBeal (Searchin' My Soul)

2. Seinfeld

3. Law & Order

4. Caroline In The City

5. Frasier

6. Oz

7. Dharma And Greg

8. The X-Files [The X-Files (Materia Primoris)]

9. Mad About You (Final Frontier)

10. E. R.

11. Buffy, The Vampire Slayer

12. The Nanny (The Nanny Named Fran)

13. Touched By An Angel

14. Friends (I'll Be There For You)

15. Third Rock From The Sun

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Track List: Rustic Technology

1. Gumbo

2. Some Esplainin' To Do

3. A Tune For J.T.

4. Silent Movies

5. Baroque

6. Cold Blue Sake

7. Chaco

8. Time And Tides

9. Three Conversations

10. Strange Wine

11. Flannel Cowboys

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Track List: Time Will Tell

1. Time Will Tell

2. Big Stax/High Volts

3. Looking Back

4. Questions Never Answered

5. Front Page

6. Forbidden Fruit

7. In The Bag

8. Cruisin' To Cabo

9. This Time It's Real

10. Dress For Success

11. It's Never Too Late

12. Time Will Tell (Reprise)

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Track List: Take Another Look

1. Take Another Look

2. Greer's Tears

3. Choices

4. Big Hair

5. Cuba Libre

6. Attitudes

7. Asleep in the Deep

8. Sun Fun

9. Pipe Dreams

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Track List: Flying Colors

1. Flying Colors

2. Tricks Of The Trade

3. The Long Goodbye

4. Barcelona

5. Places I've Been

6. El Cabong Rides Again

7. Neon Nights

8. Hang Time

9. Dancing On The Edge

10. Where The Heart Is

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mckaylarenee 1 0
He is my great uncle!!
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pmm3770
grant geissman+s grappelli
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ral8651
Ditto!! He has done some really fine work, it would be nice to have it available on this site.
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Gramt recorded a number of albums from the late 80s, many were hit contemporary jazz albums, always named for cliches, and incorporatin g a variety of pop music forms like house ('Dress for Success'), jazz-rock ('Big Stax/High Volts') and there may be as many as a dozen albums Pandora does not have yet by this artist.
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Wow.....info r m a t i v e Bio!!!! He's only been voted on neumerous occasions to have played the greatest guitar solo in Jazz recording. Its his solo in Chuck Mangione's "Feels So Good". He's also worked with practicaly every major Jazz recording artist out there. I think he warants a little more of a bio than 4 lines.

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