"as original as they come, listening to everyone but beholden to no single influence; Eales demands your attention with the force of his musical personality and keeps it with his musicianship" - Budd Kopman (Cadence USA)
Geoff is in the process of adapting the songs from his latest album Transience for 17-piece big band. "Gently Into The Night" received its premiere in this format with the London Jazz Orchestra at the Vortex in December. Brigitte Beraha was the solo vocalist as on the CD. See below for information on the Transience project.
Geoff is in the middle of writing his memoirs. His career spans half a century and he has an amazing story to tell. Of course the story is far from over. He is also developing a multi-media project which will tell the story of the Welsh mining industry in song, verse, dance and film. It is a tale of courage, pride, passion, tragedy and hope. He will be collaborating with, among others, Welsh poet and performer clare e. potter (www.clareawenydd.com).
Please click on the following link to hear Jazz FM's recent feature on Geoff.
Transience is on Fuzzy Moon Records (FUZ008) and was released by Proper on April 1. Of this highly emotional album Geoff writes: "Recorded seven months after my mother's passing, my intense sense of loss has very much informed the emotional landscape of the music. Losing a loved-one makes one realise just how precious, fragile and transient life is. Furthermore, in the last year or so we have lost so many musical luminaries, none more brilliant than those two beacons of infinite light - Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor. This has brought the sentiments of this album into even greater focus for me."
Please click on the following link to see and hear the musicians recording the album live in the studio.
On the CD Geoff is joined by four leading lights of the contemporary jazz scene, all of them superb improvisers in their own right: Brigitte Beraha (voice), Noel Langley (trumpet/flugelhorn), Chris Laurence (double bass) and Martin France (drums).
To hear a sample of the album please click on the link below.
Alternatively, if you would like a personally signed copy of the album please send a cheque for £11.50 (includes £1.50 p+p) made payable to Geoff Eales to
47 Howard Close
New Southgate, London - N11 1EH
The album has garnered many excellent reviews. Here's a few quotes:
"Transience is a masterpiece in its own low-key way. Eales should be congratulated and ought to receive much deserved recognition for this deeply moving music"
4 1/2 Stars
(All About Jazz)
"Quiet drama with an exquisite touch"
"Whichever context, configuration or style he's playing in we've come to expect something special from Geoff Eales and this album is no exception"
"Fantastic album that is well conceived and executed from beginning to end"Nick Lea
"Conveying evident themes of both the wonderment and fragility of life's journey, Geoff Eales' elegant quintet release brings together respected musicians from the UK jazz scene"Adrian Pallant
(London Jazz News)
"The longish penultimate number, Remembering Kenny, dedicated to the late Kenny Wheeler, is the centrepiece of the album and is worth the entry price alone"