The Geoff Lapp Trio is: Geoff Lapp (piano), Paul Johnston (bass), and Dave Laing (drums)
Geoff Lapp, a Montreal native, was born in 1953, and is considered one of Canada’s most accomplished pianists/composers; he is a much sought-after accompanist for a host of top Canadian performers.
Originally trained in the classical tradition, Mr. Lapp studied at McGill University under the widely respected Art Maiste. Over time, he became known for his excellent technique and large repertoire of jazz standards. After gaining experience in the pop music world touring with the likes of Michel Pagliaro, he performed in salsa, country, funk and rock bands. In the early ‘80’s he became committed to the jazz idiom and has not looked back since then.
He has performed with renowned jazzmen such as Paquito d’Rivera, Don Menza, Richie Cole, Sonny Fortune, and Slide Hampton, among others. On one occasion, Liza Minnelli, in town for a concert appearance and finding herself at Biddles later that evening, liked the band so much that she spontaneously jammed with them at the landmark Montreal nightclub. (It should be noted that Geoff Lapp is one of the few Canadian jazz musicians with such an extensive club gig; length of which has contributed no doubt to his evolution as a player.) Lapp has performed extensively worldwide, in festivals and clubs both in North America and overseas.He also performs on a regular basis at the Montreal Jazz Festival with various ensembles.
At home in Quebec, he is a mainstay on the vibrant jazz scene, and has performed with a who’s who of local luminaries.
Geoff Lapp can be reached on Twitter via his handles http://twitter.com/GeoffLappTrio
“…Lapp demonstrates an equally impressive array of talents as soloist, accompanist and composer…his…technique contains equal proportions of passion and lyricism”Cadence Jazz Journal, USA
“He’s one of the city’s finest pianists, and anyone who has frequented any of the city’s jazz club’s knows Geoff Lapp is synonymous with quality musicianship, taste and
flexibility.” Montreal Gazette
“...considerable compositional skills…”The Jazz Report, Toronto
“…tasteful…swinging…check out Lapp”Cadence Jazz Journal,USA
“…confident and sensitive playing…”The Globe & Mail, Toronto
“…as Oliver Jones moves up in the jazz world, younger Montreal players take his place: Geoff Lapp, pianist…” Ottawa Citizen
Review in Allboutjazz.com By Budd Kopman
Pianist Geoff Lapp and his trio are in high demand in their native Montreal, Canada, and if Stained Glass is any indication of how the group plays live, it is easy to see why.
The reasons given for entitling an album are many times not clear. “Stained Glass” evokes an image a church window, or maybe a Tiffany lamp, and the metaphor could be extended to many small pieces of different colors making up the whole, creating a brilliance that is more than the sum of the parts.
Looking at this fine album in this manner makes a lot of sense on two levels: Lapp's playing individually and the trio's playing as a whole.
Lapp’s clarity of touch and exquisite control of dynamics, combined with his innate sense of when to leave space to breathe, makes his playing conversational and personal. He also has what seems to be an endless well of ideas which, however, are not merely strung together. Rather, he changes octaves, changes densities or changes hands in order to maintain interest.
All this is done effortlessly, with no muss or fuss, but there is an intensity present and no single phrase is a throw-away. The energy always moves forward with a clear dramatic arc. In this regard, the efforts of his band mates—bassist Paul Johnston and drummer Dave Laing—are invaluable.
That any musical group should listen to each other and play as a group, rather than individuals, is a given; but for a piano trio it is imperative. Since the piano is a percussive instrument, care must be taken to keep the bass and drum voices separate but equal.
Laing is a delicate drummer who uses little bass drum, making himself felt with cymbals and snare. Both are played lightly with infinite variation, the cymbals creating a sheen that surrounds the music, while the emphatic tap of the snare provides the pulse. His swing is light, tight and propulsive, energizing the music without being overbearing.
Johnston's melodic bass playing creates synergy as his solid tone pushes the music forward with a forceful grace. The times he follows Lapp's left hand are startling because they are perfectly in time and pitch, serving to highlight the importance of the rest of his work.
Put this all together, and you have a winning combination, epitomized by the beautiful “Sweet Lorraine.” Played with a light and elegant but deep swing, the variations flow for seven minutes, and could easily have gone to fifteen.
These guys are that good.
WHERE DID THIS GUY COME FROM?
Geoff Lapp is one of the most reliably soulful and melodic jazz pianists in Montreal,but because he usually pursues he trade in unspectacular supper-club gigs, even his colleagues don t often give him his proper due. So Lapp’s new trio CD,Stained Glass is a revelation: generously proportioned,understated, with moments of surprising audacity. The kind of jazz you didn’t think anyone was playing anymore. Macleans Paul Wells Dec 18, 2006
Geoff Lapp is hardly a newcomer to the jazz scene, but like many Canadian musicians, it adds to the challenge for him to get exposure outside of his homeland. This trio session with bassist Paul Johnston and drummer Dave Laing doesn't fit neatly into any one category. Lapp's arrangement of Earl Zindars' lively "Elsa" builds upon Bill Evans' well-known recordings, recalling the interplay of Evans' trio while adding new facets of his own. "Sweet Lorraine" has been recorded so many times that it is in danger of overexposure, but Lapp's interpretation is playful enough to keep it fresh. The trio is just as skilled with ballads, delivering a touching rendition of Billy Strayhorn's lament "Day Dream" and a surprisingly upbeat take of "The Party's Over." Lapp's originals are just as effective. The funky, hard bop "Zack in the Box" seems like a perfect vehicle for a late night driving scene in a film, while "Yo Bro" utilizes a simple riff as a starting point for a delightful jazz excursion, powered by Laing's on-the-money percussion. This excellent CD is available through Geoff Lapp's website at www.geofflapp.com
Review by Ken Dryden **** Stars allmusic.com
Melodic and swinging jazz piano from an underappreciated talent ..After toiling away for years on the Montreal jazz scene, pianist Geoff Lapp has only recently begun to receive the wider acclaim he so richly deserves. Salon.com JAN 12, 2007
Turning to Geoff Lapp’s CD,we have a mixture of originals and standards in the classic piano trio setting. The rhythm section knows what to do and bassist Johnston gets a fair amount of solo time. The emphasis though is on Lapp and the overall sound in feel is definitely post-Evans with some shades of Jarrett, Corea, and Jamal. The originals are alternately sprightly or plaintive and the standards are done with care for the details. “Sunny Rays” has a Latin-swing-calypso feel and Lapp ranges around the keyboard with some fire and controlled abandon. The Zindar’s song “Elsa” was often played by Evans, and here Lapp follows the model in essence, but relaxes and jauntily picks his sound events with an ear toward narrative expressivity. “With A Song in My Heart” finds Lapp in a straightly swinging Evans mode, with displacement occasionally in play, some nice single lines, and then rhythmic block chords. The wonderful Strayhorn tune “Day Dream” is played languidly, as appropriate. Lapp shows a good harmonic sense and an after hour feel with pensive single-note passages cushioned on the velvet sonority of the left hand. Lapp’s “Kathy’s Waltz” hangs on a bluesy midtempo feel in three with an attractive ascending melody. Johnston starts things off with a fine bass solo. Then it’s the piano with some block chord triplets, single-note patterns, and harmonic clusters, some of it a la Evans but well put. The mood changes with the Funk-Jarrett-Country- Style “Yo Bro.” Lapp’s piano solo has those tell-tale semirubato phrase beginnings but some of the chording differs from Jarrett. A riff proceeds and drummer Laing solos over the top in a funky manner. Very pleasant. The all-time classic metaphysical hangover tune, “The Party’s Over,” starts out with a quasi-Jamal rhythmic- harmonic motif. Then comes the head melody with brushes mid-tempo, some starts and stops and high-note right-hand quasi casual piano doodles, again in the Jamal mode. It’s quite well done, even masterful. The bass solo that follows is nicely phrased, deliberate, not showing a lot of speed but plenty of feel. Lapp’s CD shows much that is eclectic, but also an imaginative streak that bears watching. Time will tell if he is due for significant artistic growth. We will see.
Cadence Grego Applegate Edwards
2008 Stephanie Laliberte| Eponyme|Elephant Records
2008 FRANÇOIS RICHARD|NOUVEL ORCHESTRA|Effendi Records
2006 Stained Glass|Geoff Lapp Trio|Elephant Records
2006 Ad Infinitum |Francois Richard |Effendi Records
2005 A Montreal Jazz Christmas|Soundsgood Productions
2002 Live at the Queue | Geoff Lapp Trio
2002 Soundtrack|CD|The Whole Nine Yards|2 Tracks
1995 Papo Rose et Orchestre Pambiche
1995 Second Set |Janis Stephrans
1994 Jubilation V|Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir
(Juno award winner) Justin Time Records
1993 New Morning |Janis Stephrans
1992 Jazz Words |Geri Brown |CBC Recordings
1990 Contrasts |Geoff Lapp Trio/ Johnny Scott
1987 Perspectives | With Bernie Primeau
2008 Nominated for Effigy Awards-Fame Games Radio (aired on ABC Networks) December
2008 OurStage Jazz Category: Top 10 for Ten Consecutive Months, Also in Top 5 for Instrumental and JVC Jazz Category
2007 "Stained Glass" was named one of Top 10 Canadian Jazz Albums of 2007 by Jazz Columnist, Len Dobbin
1953年、モントリオール生まれ。McGill大学でクラシックピアノを学び、広く尊敬されたジャズピアニスト Art Maisteに師事する。音楽活動をはじめた当初は、Michel Pagliaroのコンサートツアーに参加してポップミュージックの世界で経験を積みました。 1980年代に入ると彼はジャズに傾倒し、カナダの最も堪能なピアニスト・作曲家の1人として頭角をあらわし、カナダの人気ジャズボーカリストのあいだからもひっぱりだこに。
現在、Geoff Lapp Trioを結成しているほかに、Paquito d’Rivera、 Don Menza、Richie Cole、Bob Mover、Sonny Fortune、 Slide Hampton らのジャズメンたちとセッションやスタジオ録音をこなし、ジャズフェスティバルへの参加も積極的で、また世界各地のクラブで演奏している。