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Journeys Within & Afar

by Geoffrey Mays

Acoustic and electric new age and jazz soundscapes that celebrate life and nature. "This CD hits the bull's eye for delivering some creative goods from ethereal textures to energetic cosmic wavefiles." - Joe Ross (top 300 reviewer for Amazon.com)
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Aidan's Dream
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2. And It Keeps On Rolling Along
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3. All Saints Day
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4. Rola's Roadster
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5. Lieber Bengel
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6. Rain By The Sea
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7. Tanzig Mit Die Sonne
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8. Highland Breeze
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9. Mother's Day Blessing
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10. The Red Bird
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11. A Major Glow
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12. Day In Day Out
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13. Barefoot and Smiling
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Born and raised in Japan, guitarist Geoffrey Mays blends wisdom from the East and West into his philosophy on life and music. His inspired guitar-playing truly captures his experiences, as Mays believes that his path is one to be taken and celebrated. Mays' mixed heritage and world travels have allowed him to develop a great appreciation and understanding of the world's many diverse cultures, resulting in his passionate yearning for world peace and harmony. These beliefs shine through in his music and his way of being. In his music, he embodies the spirit of Zen, following his endless path, floating like clouds, and flowing like water simultaneously with and without form.

Geoffrey Mays has been playing and composing music for three decades. He has been teaching for over a decade and has founded or co-founded musical groups in France, New Mexico, California and Oregon. From 1993-95, he apprenticed with the Don Latarski Group, playing regularly with that nationally-renown jazz band. Mays is currently writing a guitar instruction book, "Simple and Deep: A Zen Approach to Playing with Your Guitar." Mays is presently teaching from his home studio (Soringhart) and also works as an administrator at Crescent Records, founded by Don Latarski.

Geoffrey Mays' recordings include:
--A Rash of Midnights
--Blues for Kidz (of all ages)
--Healing Muses for the Earth...for Ourselves
--A Butterfly in the Night (with the band, Soringhart)
--Austin-Eugene (with David Mitchell)
--Watermelon Sugar (with David Bowers)
--Moments Beyond Time (with The Muse)

In 2002, Mays released "Journeys Within & Afar" (Toya Music SCD-043). This highly-acclaimed album is receiving excellent reviews and radio airplay around the world.


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Martin P. Jawanehrul

Soothing, uplifting, grooving, ethereal
Geoffrey Mays paints soundscapes.... Multitudinous and varied soundscapes... Soothing, uplifting, grooving, Ethereal, Down to the bone, and all shades of in between. And it's all original material straight from the heart. Some vocal, some instrumental, all of it impassioned with a deep love of music and of life in general. -- Martin P. Jawanehrul

Kim Loftis

Stirring, emotion-filled and stunning!
This stirring album by Geoffrey Mays will prove a delight to any fan of acoustic or electric guitar music. Mays is a true master of the instrument, and guides the listener through a broad spectrum of human emotions on this glorious 70-minute journey. The composer plays each of these creative pieces with great skill and equally great passion. The musicians who join Mays on his journey are equally skilled and passionate. The few vocals we hear on the album are well placed and beautifully executed, adding a special touch of variety to the album.
Many reviewers have commented on the melancholy to be found on this album, and they are correct. There are moments of darkness, loss and profound sadness expressed on Geoffrey’s guitar, but there are also moments of profound joy, peace and uplifting to be had in abundance. There’s a song for every mood and temperament here, which adds to the exceptionality of the album. Each piece exudes its own special spirit, and each is sure to touch the listener by provoking a series of images, emotions, memories, etc. When one gives his / her full attention to this album, it becomes obvious what a clever composer Mays truly is. But you don’t have to be a musician to enjoy these compositions. They’re great to listen to while cooking dinner, soaking in a hot bath after a long day, or pretty much any other occasion where music may be appreciated. Despite the heavy jazz influence in the album, you don’t even have to be a hard-core jazz fan to enjoy it… you simply need an open heart, a listening ear, and a stereo. This is a stellar piece of work, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves contemplative, beautiful music. A top of the line, first rate recording!

Kathy Boyd, No Strings Attached

A dark, hauntingly beautiful CD
A very dark, hauntingly beautiful CD. The type of music that makes for the perfect background during an evening dinner, a night curled up on the couch with a good book, or as a backdrop to a night of romance. (Kathy Boyd, kathyboyd@sprynet.com)

John Lowell

A contemplative calm, derived from quiet satisfaction within
I've had a chance to listen to Geoffrey's CD a couple of times now and I am impressed! Geoffrey's CD is well crafted throughout. The music is very mood evocative. The impression that I get of Geoffrey as a artist is that he is a man who has no unresolved issues with his music or life. A contemplative calm pervades the music, which I sense is derived from a quiet satisfaction within. (J. Lowell, johnwlowell@yahoo.com)

Cindy Freauff

Upbeat yet soothing, very enjoyable
Thanks for sending the CD. Geoffrey Mays' skill as an artist is well displayed by this work of art. The music was upbeat and yet soothing. It is very easy to listen to and very enjoyable. This will add to a couple of new age artists that we both enjoy. My husband, Bill, thought that the music was a cool jazz yet not old fashion or stuffy. A good addition to our music collection.

Dee Packard

Brilliant! Both great road music AND great couch music!
I'm knocked out by this CD by a relatively unknown musician from just down the road in Eugene. It is as good jazz as anything else I have in my collection of the jazz "biggies". It has such a fresh sound--everytime I hear it which is every day since I got it. Geoffrey, how do you do that! Don't stop! You are on to something new!

Joe Ross

A very creative, ethereal and inspiring album
Geoffrey Mays is a master of acoustic and electric guitars, and he uses multi-tracking very effectively on a number of cuts to paint a brilliant aural palette from new age acoustic jazz to rock and funk. This album is a very professional product with special guests (excellent musicians I might add) on eight of the 14 tunes. With a total playing time of over 65 minutes, this CD is a great buy. From the opening riffs on 'Aidan's Dream' (written on the day of his nephew's birth) to the closing beat of 'High and Dry' (celebrating his time in New Mexico), Geoffrey Mays leads us through a stimulating musical journey of life, inspiration, joy and bliss. Mays takes nature's rhythms, and allows us to feel the circular patterns from within, eliminates illusion as he illuminates his surroundings. Very Zen! 'Journeys' hits the bull's eye for delivering some creative goods from ethereal textures to energetic cosmic wavefiles. I give this album two thumbs up.

Darryl Mondrow

A spectrum of spiritually moving tone poems
Geoffrey Mays is definitely at the top of his game as far as musicianship goes. He has the technical ability and control that is the foundation of a professional artist. With that foundation, and assisted by a group of equally talented musicians, Mays has created a spectrum of spiritually moving tone poems. There is a soulful grace to Geoffrey's compositions, whether it be accomplished with an acoustic guitar or a fuzzy electric. The melodies flow out of the speakers in a stream of consciousness that embeds in the mind and envelops the heart. My wife wanted to say she also appreciated listening to the album. Most of all, she enjoyed the pieces with strongly melodic themes. --Darryl Mondrow, North Bend, WA. dmondrow@yahoo.com

Lee Prosser

Outstanding collection of jazz guitar music by one of the best
Reviewed by: Lee Prosser (rozwizca@netscape.net) FOR jazzreview.com
Geoffrey Mays in one of the finest acoustic and electric guitarists now composing in jazz, and his ability to perform intricate stylings is the hallmark of his music. Joined with other musicians of high caliber, Mays soars with the original material found in JOURNEYS WITHIN & AFAR.
This collection has 14 memorable songs. Among them are "And It Keeps On Rolling Along," the intricate and enjoyable "All Saint's Day," "Rain By The Sea," "Highland Breeze," "The Red Bird," "Barefoot and Smiling," to name a few. This is an outstanding collection of jazz guitar music by one of the best in the area. If you are looking for something enjoyable, something that can be played again and again with enjoyment, something that sparkles with imagination, then please give a listen to Geoffrey Mays and his JOURNEYS WITHIN & AFAR. This CD collection will surprise you with its high level of creativity and fine solo performance work. With this CD collection, the jazz listening audience will discover some unusual and reflective music, filled with guitar images which linger long after JOURNEYS WITHIN & AFAR is completed. Geoffrey Mays is a powerhouse talent and has the ability to play songs which reveal a prism of colorful imagery. Inquiries to: gam@efn.org Reviewed by: Lee Prosser rozwizca@netscape.net FOR jazzreview.com

Michael Canning

Good full sound. Well thought out & engaging songs
I enjoyed listening to Geoffrey Mays' music. I thought he did a very nice job realizing a good full sound. The songs are well thought out and
engaging. from Michael Canning, music director, KLCC public radio, Eugene, Oregon
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