"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)
STOP PRESS: Bookings are now being taken for a special Christmas Concert at the Ukrainian Cathedral Hall in Mayfair on December 8th where Geoff will be performing alongside Brigitte Beraha, Michael Coates and Sandy Burnett. For full details and to reserve your seat please click on the photo below.
A NOTE FROM GEOFF
Christmas is nearly upon us and as 2018 draws to a close it's a good time to reflect on some of the major events of the year.
It was great to perform at three festivals in the Land of my Fathers in the summer: Swansea Jazz Festival, Gower Festival (mainly classical this one) and Llandudno Jazz Festival. Wales definitely seems to be calling me back to its shores. Maybe it's the Spirit of the Mines that's paying me a visit! Well I've been working on the History of the Welsh Mines project for the last 18 months and the experience has been thoroughly absorbing.
In June we previewed a few songs from the new show (it's still very much in the early stages of development of course) at the beautiful and intimate 1901 Arts Club near Waterloo where Mike Sterling (he's playing Juan Peron at the moment in the UK tour of Evita), Matt Ridley and Marc Cecil kicked up a storm, Ian Laws, Andy Findon helping to navigate the ship. If you'd like a flavour of what's in store just click on the following link.
To view a few other excerpts from my "Music for a Midsummer's Night" concert please click on the following links.
I returned to the 1901 Arts Club in September with "Bach, Blues and Brubeck", a new collaboration with master flautist Andy Findon. Andy cooked up a real storm in front of a jam-packed audience.
If you'd like to hear Geoff's interview with Chris Philips at Jazz FM last year please click on this link.
Transience is on Fuzzy Moon Records (FUZ008) and was released by Proper on April 1, 2016. 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."
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).
Please click on the following link to see and hear the musicians recording the album live in the studio.
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 £10 (includes 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"