Guitarist Grant Geissman has completed his trilogy of eclectic, original jazz. Bop! Bang! Boom! (Futurism Records, 2012) continues the model set by Say That and Cool Man Cool. Each release is an attempt to recapture the spirit of fresh jazz as it was decades ago.

“The key to making meaningful music for me is not to limit myself stylistically,” Geissman says. “I actually can’t envision writing an album where every track sounds the same.”

An assortment of session players and band leaders assist Geissman in this effort. Among them are pianist Emilio Palame, bassist Trey Henry, drummer Ray Brinker, percussionist Alex Acuna, and special guests Tom Scott, Russell Ferrante and Larry Carlton.

“Boom” starts the set in sassy fashion. Geissman blends with tenor saxophonist Brian Scanlon for the lead. The bouncy melody sets the pace. During his middle solo, Geissman puts the guitar through a series of rapid-fire phrases while maintaining that delightful vibe. Henry on acoustic bass and Brinker are locked in with the background. Scanlon and Palame also contribute solos.

“Un Poco Espanol” has a soft, elegant Latin vibe. Ferrante steps in on Fender Rhodes piano. Scanlon switches to alto saxophone. Geissman’s classical guitar gives it the right touch.

“$25 Stella” is a playful tune that has a hint of Dixieland, an element personified by Henry’s playing of the tuba. Geissman’s instrument is a 1966 Stella acoustic guitar. Van Dyke Parks provides a major contribution on accordion. Palame’s solo has suggestions of Dr. John or Fats Domino influence.

Geissman co-wrote the Emmy-nominated theme to the CBS television series Two and a Half Men. Over the years, he has also recorded with the likes of Quincy Jones, Lorraine Feather, Cheryl Bentyne, Ringo Starr, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and Burt Bacharach. His years with Chuck Mangione also includes the classic electric guitar solo to “Feels So Good.”

Bop! Bang! Boom!
comes with extensive liner notes, photos of the session, track-by-track personnel listing and collector’s cards. For fans of vinyl, a limited edition of 500 prints have been pressed on 180-gram vinyl with “old-school” gatefold sleeve and all the inserts contained in the CD version.