This latest project features Geoff alongside four leading lights of the international contemporary jazz scene: Brigitte Beraha (voice), Noel Langley (trumpet/flugelhorn), Chris Laurence (double bass) and Martin France (drums). The album which bears the same name was released in the Spring of 2016 to great critical acclaim followed by a 22- date UK tour supported by Arts Council England.
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.
"The Dancing Flute" is an exciting collaboration between Geoff and classical and ethnic flautist Andy Findon. Their concerts feature Geoff's compositions from the 2013 album of the same name (Nimbus Alliance NI 6126) in addition to works by, amongst others, Bartok, Debussy and Michael Nyman. For a sample programme, flyer and demo please click on the following links:
"a winning combination founded on talent, taste, experience and musical prowess" - Keith Ames (The Musician)
Beginning with the classic ragtime of Scott Joplin and culminating in the contemporary sounds of Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock and Eales himself, Geoff takes the audience on a breathtaking musical journey through the entire history of jazz piano. For more information please click on the following:
"he seems to be able to play anything and his long and varied experience explains why this is possible" - Tony Augarde (Music Web International)
Here, Geoff collaborates with multi-reedsman Ben Waghorn and the young bassist, Ashley-John Long. The most radical of all of Geoff's projects, the music is both challenging and explorative, the trio frequently improvising from a totally blank canvas :
"breathless invention... exciting music making on the hoof" - Robert Shore (Jazzwise)
With Isorhythm, we enter into the world of jazz-rock fusion. The band boasts a stellar line-up : Ben Waghorn (reeds), Carl Orr (guitar), Fred T Baker (fretless bass guitar) and Asaf Sirkis (drums), Chris Garrick occasionally guesting on electric violin :
"the music, all Eales'own, is replete with drama and powerful contrasts" - Rob Adams (Jazz UK)
This project features Geoff alongside alongside Austrian improviser/vocalist Iris Ederer and multi-instrumentalist Andy Findon in a fascinating fusion of jazz, folk and world music styles:
Geoff has selected two of Europe's greatest contemporary jazz musicians for this project : Chris Laurence (bass) and Martin France (drums). In 2009 this highly interactive trio released "Master of the Game" (EDN 1011) to worldwide critical acclaim :
"the ballads are sumptuously couched in lustrous chords and seductive melodic turns, built around the intertwined voicings of piano and bass" - John Fordham (The Guardian)
As well as his love of contemporary jazz, Geoff is also a past-master at re-interpreting the Great American Songbook. Currently the "standards trio" features Julie Walkington (bass) and Simon Pearson (drums), the Canadian saxophonist Michael Coates added for the quartet performances.
(Kosma, Prevert, Mercer)
"Geoff Eales is one of the UK's most vibrant pianists, capable both of injecting life into standards and of infusing his original compositions with vigour and energy" - Chris Parker (The Vortex)
Geoff loves to take both himself and his audience on a journey into the unknown in his solo piano improvisations, his work full of dramatic contrasts:
"I strongly recommend Epicentre as an outstanding example of refreshing, challenging, utterly sincere and beautifully performed solo piano playing" - Bob Weir (Jazz Journal International)