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Geyer has a beautiful voice. Her songs have a perfect blend of fantastic vocals, songwriting and instrumentation. She scores high on sheer tunefulness of her songs. The Bridge has a singularly lovely quality to it and its reflected right from its title track. I just loved the opening bars of the liquid tones of the piano. "Waterfalls and Rainbows" is a soothing and calming song with very lovely tones of the trumpet. "Home" again showcases Geyer's fantastic talent with her voice as well as the trumpet. Loved the melody of this song. "Rain Falls" is a rich and wonderful song... the composition is intricate and very very well produced. "The Jewel" also deserves a special mention. This song has some brilliant writing and piano playing. "The Wall" has a very visual appeal to it, I especially liked the very deep meaning of the lyrics and the Geyer's mellifluous voice. The last of the 13 splendid songs in this album" Rose" has amazing guitar and humming vocals...almost a choir feel to this track. Geyer's multi faceted talent is on full display in this wonderful album that's going to be playing quite a bit in my car for some time to come :-) - 5 STARS
.. a 13 song album of intoxicating, gorgeous and introspective music.. the lead single, and title track, “The Bridge,” exemplifies Geyer’s heartfelt, gorgeous vocals, her emotional expressions with each line delivered, and touching, thoughtful lyrics, not to mention her undeniable talents as a pianist and flugelhorn player.
Heaven - Netherlands Music Magazine
Elizabeth Geyer THE BRIDGE 8.5 -
Self-financed / CD Baby. Celebrating the previous Heaven resurrection of Canadian art pop singer-songwriter Jane Siberry, it releases from the Norwegian Susanne and Australian Elizabeth Geyer - something in the air inspires similar ambitious artistic statements. Elizabeth Geyer picks up something more traditional with beautiful, somewhat colored by jazz, classical piano singer-songwriter ballads. Blessed with a lovely clear voice, Geyer delivers her intensely beautiful songs on The Bridge like the very best female colleagues from the past. The album as a whole is most reminiscent of Rickie Lee Jones' second LP Pirates, where they exchanged the immense success of her debut for artistic daring, personal concept. Also in terms of singing Geyer leans toward Jones, though less eccentric and more simply beautiful singing. Songs and lyrics are ongoing very impressive and although the style of Geyer's piano ballads does not substantially change as the album progresses, her melodies and speech are so strong that it is not the least disturbing. The Bridge is such a gorgeous, emotional thorough album that will last a lifetime. Pieter Wijnstekers
This has everything! The arrangements are very, very effective, ringing through in it’s beautiful simplicity! The piano, voices and brass parts are extremely enriching. I enjoyed the guitar playing on ROSE; it felt so relaxing. The exhilarating quality of the vocals on THE JEWEL, RAIN FALLS are among my favourites with THE BRIDGE and GOODNIGHT ROMEO! Wouter Kellerman
For those not in the know, Elizabeth Geyer is an Australian who began her career as a jazz trumpeter, playing with various jazz groups and in backing bands for a range of pop performers, both in Australia and in the US. Paul Adams is known as an instrument builder and for making somewhat atmospheric music with native American style flutes.
And so, as you would expect, they became collaborators in the studio and the rest, as they say (four albums in) is history. Indeed, it was actually the late record executive Bruce Lundvall, who was in charge of Blue Note Records, who propelled Geyer to the forefront of her jazz background.
Indeed, it seems Geyer's dream was always to make music that might touch others, much like it has touched her along the way. Ergo, The Bridge has obviously been a long journey, an entire series of leaps of faith, one can only imagine, for the album - all 13 tracks - once heard, are not easily forgotten. What I mean is that once you get to the end of the album you hit Repeat (you will, trust me) and you listen more intently than you did the first time. The storytelling laid out between the lyrics brings forth a collection of songs that come to create a whole stunning musical work of art - one that scans and spans Geyer's personal life, one imagines.
The album begins beautifully with the title track itself, 'The Bridge,' and is backed by both the stirring 'Waterfalls and Rainbows,' and the piano-infused 'Goodnight Romeo.' The singer/songwriter with jazz sensibilities continues onward with the trumpeter enhanced 'Home,' before bringing forth both the piano-backed duo 'Perfect Life' and 'Rain Falls.' Produced, engineered and mixed by the aforementioned Paul Adams, in addition to playing guitar and any instruments that Geyer could not, we continue on with The Party' ("Just because your heart can hear your words, doesn't mean your heart can hear your soul"), a track that hums along without a care in the world.
Her long awaited fourth album continues with 'The Jewel,' the ballad 'I Weep,' and is then followed by the crisp piano lite 'Postcards From Paradise.' 'The Wall' is next, and is backed by the effervescent 'Place To Fly,' and the final track on this simply divine, cultured, honest album, the Flamenco guitar-led instrumental, 'Rose.'
Having begun the writing for The Bridge when getting on a plane in Australia for Peoria, Illinois in Winter, 2013, having taken three long years to come to fruition, these 13 new songs are as good as anything that has gone before from Geyer - if not better. As she herself has said before, "Life is not easy, but it is full of great beauty. My hope is that these songs capture that." Well, having now listened to this album, in full, four times tonight, I can honestly say, mission accomplished, Elizabeth. Mission accomplished.
BILL CHAMPLIN ( the band CHICAGO / THE SONS )
If it was me I'd make it a law that everyone on the earth should hear that song (The Bridge). Absolutely beautiful. Please tell Elizabeth that one person heard it and loved it. Awesome lyrics and the girl is sooooo musical.
..The number of singer-songwriters on the music scene seems almost endless.. this week we have something that is rather uncommon, a trumpet-playing singer-songwriter, and at the risk of perpetuating another stereotype, it's notable that the artist is a woman. She is Elizabeth Geyer and her new album is called The Bridge.
Elizabeth Geyer is Australian and began her career as a jazz trumpeter, playing with various jazz groups and in backing bands for a range of pop performers, both in Australia and in the US.. Paul Adams is known as an instrument builder and for making somewhat atmospheric music with native American style flutes. They became collaborators in the studio for this largely do-it-yourself project with Ms. Geyer. Meanwhile, in the US, the late record executive Bruce Lundvall, who was in charge of Blue Note Records, got to hear Ms. Geyer's music and became a fan and helped to open some figurative doors for Ms. Geyer, whose music shows her jazz background.
The Bridge is an always-interesting collection of original songs with the harmonic complexity of jazz tunes, and the storytelling narrative lyrical style of folkies.. Ms. Geyer and Adams handle almost all the instruments and share in the production credits. They did bring in a drummer and bass player for two of the tracks, but otherwise the layered sound consists of Ms. Geyer and Adams. And adding a distinctive touch is Ms. Geyer's use of the trumpet and flugelhorn, which she plays with a more textural approach rather than that of a jazz trumpet soloist.
The album opens with its title track The Bridge. It shows the distinctive blend that Ms. Geyer's music brings together, with Ms. Geyer on the piano as well as the trumpet. Somewhat more contemplative is Waterfalls and Rainbows, which like most of her songs has a lot of sophisticated musical touches from the nice way the piece ebbs and flows, to the song's harmonic structure which gives the a song constantly shifting musical colors. More upbeat in sound is the seemingly autobiographical song called Home. It combines narrative lyrics with Ms. Geyer's music that takes twists and turns in its sonic colors.
One of the highlights of the album is a track called called Rain Falls. It's one of the most engaging pieces in terms of its almost theatrical musical arrangement, Ms. Geyer's pleasing vocals and the lyrics which effectively paint a picture. Ms. Geyer likes to write songs in waltz time, and the album features several. One which effective uses the rhythm is a relatively short tune called The Jewel whose somewhat cryptic lyrics hint at an optimistic outlook. Another fine song is Postcards from Paradise, seemingly about finding one's place if one tries hard enough. There is more of Ms. Geyer's outstanding arranging, making a near orchestral sound with a small group of instruments, played by Ms. Geyer herself and Paul Adams. Also on the subject of traveling is Place to Fly which again put the lyrics in the context of a near orchestral style of arranging. Closing the album, Rose spotlights Paul Adams' guitar, while a chorus of Ms. Geyer's wordless vocals provide some texture.
Australian singer-songwriter and trumpet played Elizabeth Geyer's new fourth album The Bridge is a very distinctive and thoroughly enjoyable blend of pleasing vocals, musically sophisticated composing and arranging, and the kind of poetic lyrics that are on the par with the best singer-songwriters.
Our grade for sound quality is close to an “A.” The vocals are well recorded, the sound is honest and warm even with a lot of overdubbing. The dynamic range, how well the recording tracks the difference between loud and soft, is better than the average for contemporary music.
The range of singer-songwriters is wide indeed, from the solo folkie to those who would sing in front of a large group. Elizabeth Geyer's new album The Bridge provides yet another facet, and in the process gives us something that is not only rare but exceptionally well done and musically creative.
ELIZABETH GEYER/The Bridge: A real session of adult music that hasn't been vetted by focus groups for soccer moms, Geyer is no stranger to taking the long way around to finding the right result. Championed by Bruce Lundvall just as he was descending into Parkinson's hell, you can tell he was impressed by the intense personalness here that's on a level of Joni Mitchell's pre-"Court & Spark" days. Traveling from Australia to Illinois to hook up with a new musical soul mate that provides an incredible setting for her lyrics and voice, it's might have taken the former trumpeter a while to find her voice as a vocalist and lyricist, but now that she's here, it's clear she's here to stay. Killer stuff for boomers that have given up on finding anything new ever again worth their effort.
Elizabeth Geyer invites you to join her on a journey seven years in the making. The renowned trumpet player turned flugelhorn turned vocalist has released a very personal album titled The Bridge.
Make no mistake about it Elizabeth still plays all of those instruments including the piano. You are probably wondering how someone that recorded instruments changed over to vocals? Well as she notes, “I had to find my voice.” Lord have mercy, did she ever.
The Bridge is aptly titled as this lady gathered up all her courage and crossed that bridge into unknown territory. I am here to tell you it was a successful trip. Her voice is beautiful, inviting and warm. She commands a song, she owns it, with an innate sense of melody and lyrics this performer knows how to put together a story in a song and make it all believable.
Another multitalented individual in his own right, Paul Adams, produced, engineered and mixed the album and was kind enough to introduce this amazing talent to me. In addition he played guitar and all the instruments that Elizabeth did not.
“The Bridge” opens the curtain, which is the most important track on any album as it sets the tone for everything else and the fact that it is the title track is all the more poignant. The instrument that is the key to these tracks is the piano, it lays down a solid foundation to build upon. The notes float off her fingers like the petals of a flower coming in for a soft landing on the morning grass. It is tasteful and a perfect lead into the rest of the album and the literal “bridge” to the rest of the story.
The more I listened to this album the more I realized what a great soundtrack it would make for a movie, when in fact it the artist playing her own movie for us to hear through music and words. I must say even though the piano is the most important instrument on this album the horns come in a close second. The brass gives it some nice smooth jazz tones while the piano has a more contemporary feel to it with influences drawn from classical and new age blending nicely with all the other elements presented.
One of my other favorites was the heartfelt track “The Jewel.” The song is too one very special person in the life of an artist going through change, stepping through the fear with courage and getting on with what her heart desires. We all need special people in our life for support, to lean on once in a while and mainly believe in us no matter what. That is what I heard on the track and I will leave it up to the listeners to decide what it means for them.
It is my practice to choose three key tracks but to be perfectly honest I could have easily chosen any one of the 13 offered on this album and would have had plenty to say. It is all very good. But “Postcards from Paradise” I felt was a prolific track with the perfect ambiance added to accompany the wonderful voice of Ms. Geyer. It made me feel tingly all over like I should be talking a walk on the beach at a favorite vacation spot.
With The Bridge Elizabeth Geyer has triumphed in every way possible. As far as this listener is concerned it is a perfect 5/5 stars!
JIM MOGINIE (The Break/ Midnight Oil )
I love this album (The Bridge). There's something about Elizabeth's voice and the changes she likes and the horn rising up out it all that is so bloody original. Lyrically it's anything but predictable, almost conversational. The songwriting and musicianship is just superb.
STUNNING - a whole standard above. (The Bridge) www.fionajoy.com
DAVID HOFFMAN (long time trumpetplayer/ arranger, Ray Charles)
The first time I heard Elizabeth Geyer's music, years ago on MySpace, it hit me right in the heart and the gut! That feeling has never faltered. And being able to come to know her on a personal level is a true pleasure. One thing I know; she ALWAYS follows her muse and NEVER compromises, for any reason. I have high regard and respect for this quality in a musician. This should be highly treasured.
Every project of hers is different and uniquely personal. The Bridge is no exception. If you release preconceptions and just listen, you may be able to see the intense beauty and passion in the music. I guarantee that her next CD will be different as well. It is what happens when we follow the inner musician deep within ourselves. This is our inner guide, and is unaffected by outside influences.
Following our inner musician comes with sacrifices. Many people will not grasp the depth of the music, because they have been indoctrinated with processed music industry pablum. It's ok. Some people prefer Kraft singles to Parmigiano Reggiano. But they are missing out on the powerful yet subtle flavors of the cheese, and of the music.
ROCK FOR LEARNING
'ELIZABETH GEYER from Sydney Australia - visiting USA here at the Karma Coffee House in Hollywood and all it takes is two brilliant songs as she sings and plays trumpet and piano all at once. Her sound affects the brain like a cup of chamomile tea and honey and a hearty piece of chocolate cake causing endorphins of peace and love. She is Nora Jones & Chris Botti all at once with dynamic vocals like the dawn and midday!'
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ABC LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE
On Patrol With the Jazz Police - ' While much of Geyer's thought provoking poetry is open for personal interpretation, these compositions and arrangements, especially the energetic pieces include qualities of climactic drama and surprise. I didn't want the crescendo of 'A Candle Is Sweeter Than Fire' to end.. - ABC LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
On Patrol With the Jazz Police - 'There are two sides to Elizabeth Geyer, who writes, sings and plays trumpet, flugelhorn and piano. She is an aspiring adult pop artist with jazz inflections and a jazz artist with pop leanings ... both work here thanks to a lovely voice and some fine playing by her and a band of excellent jazz musicians' - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
'The melodies are infectious and the lyrics are intelligent .. poetic and thought provoking'
review for 'Elizabeth Geyer' - 'In a world of same, in a world of similarity, Elizabeth's extraordinary and individual talent takes us on a different journey every time we listen. Her interpretations of these classic songs reach into my past, into my own stories, and challenge us to revisit and relive old passions and to mourn the emptiness of lost passion. She stirs our hearts and minds and then leaves, until next time we reach for the music and the words, and of course for Elizabeth' - PETER HISLOP FM 99.3
photo: Nic Cecire
AUSTRALIAN JAZZ AGENCY
'Elizabeth stands apart from our other artists simply because of her incredible talent and diversity as a magnificent vocalist, pianist, trumpet and flugelhorn player and last but not least as a composer...'
- Leslie Moore, AUSTRALIAN JAZZ AGENCY
review for album 'Elizabeth Geyer' - 'very, very special... a uniqueness you want to cling to... the best record I have heard in a long time.' DON BURROWS
review for album 'Elizabeth Geyer' - 'Elizabeth Geyer has made every post a winner.. the talents of this instrumentalist, singer and arranger are amply displayed... containing many examples of her tasty muted trumpet and mellow flugelhorn playing.
But Geyer shines just as much as a singer, showing taste and imagination as she delivers the lyrics with conviction rather than trying to rebuild the melody line. There are many excellent moments but none better than when Geyer, an accomplished pianist, accompanies herself on Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now."
**** (four stars) WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
The Dream - 'Simply the most beautiful collection of songs from a local artist I have ever heard'
MICHAEL BEAUMONT , FM 99.3
'It started with a trumpet. The trumpet developed into its bigger brother, the flugelhorn.Then Elizabeth Geyer started singing in a voice that at times can reach into the soul.' - DAILY TELEGRAPH
The Dream - ‘sophisticated and sultry.. new music with a twist' - BENT MAGAZINE
The Dream is a musical and engaging album, characterised by its lyricism and emotional integrity... Elizabeth has really come into her own.. she commands the listener with her poignant, yearning vocal style and tender piano playing. The arrangements are creative and texturally rich... This is a musically interesting and honest album, an impressive debut ‘ - DRUM MEDIA MAGAZINE
AMAZON TOP 500 REVIEW
On Patrol With the Jazz Police - ‘Five BIG Stars!! Australia's talented jazz singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Elizabeth Geyer creates a wonderful combination of vocal and instrumental music on her latest CD "On Patrol with the Jazz Police". Her music is fascinating and intriguing based on her soaring emotional singing, her impressionistic lyrics and the extra dimension of her blazing jazz trumpet and flugelhorn work.’ AMAZON.COM TOP 500 REVIEW
On Patrol With the Jazz Police - 'Stunning. just amazing stuff. I've never heard anything quite like it.' DON BURROWS
JAMES VALENTINE , ABC
On Patrol With the Jazz Police - 'Elizabeth Geyer sounds like Elizabeth Geyer. There is no greater compliment. She's got her own sound and it's beautiful.' - JAMES VALENTINE ABC
review for album 'Elizabeth Geyer' - 'very, very special... a uniqueness you want to cling to... the best record I have heard in a long time.' DON BURROWS
review for album 'Elizabeth Geyer' - Occasionally you hear something with that indefinable quality that makes for 'real' jazz. It swings, there's beautiful playing, it has warmth and most of all, it makes you feel good. Liz does all this and more - it's nice to have another great jazz CD in my collection!' - JAMES MORRISON
ALL THAT JAZZ
'Don Burrows has described Elizabeth Geyer's debut CD as possibly the finest Australian jazz recording made in the last ten years... the CD immediately catches the ear for sheer originality of sound and clean execution of popular standards... Elizabeth excels on trumpet, flugelhorn, piano and she has delightful vocals.' Noel Crow, ALL THAT JAZZ
JAMES VALENTINE, ABC
The Dream - 'Every time I play a track from this album on the radio, I get callers; "What was that beautiful thing you played after the news..." JAMES VALENTINE, ABC