Solo Recordings

In With The Out Crowd

      Song List

  1. In With the Out Crowd (Grant Geissman) 4:16
  2. Did I Save? (Grant Geissman) 4:35
  3. World as One (Grant Geissman/Clair Marlo) 3:42
  4. Heartbeat (Grant Geissman/Clair Marlo) 3:57
  5. Sweet as U R (Grant Geissman) 4:42
  6. Highway 60's Revisited (Grant Geissman/Clair Marlo) 3:15
  7. Lost, But Found (Grant Geissman/Tim Heintz) 4:32
  8. Tempest (Grant Geissman/Clair Marlo) 4:54
  9. Dharma (Grant Geissman) 4:23
  10. Life...and Stuff (Grant Geissman) 3:40

      1998 CD Higher Octave 46228B


  • Grant Geissman Guitars, Background vocals, Multi Instruments, Chant, Sampling, Drum Programming
  • Tim Heintz Keyboards, Sampling, Drum Programming
  • Clair Marlo Synthesizer, Percussion, Keyboards, Programming, Vocals, Chant, Sampling, Drum Programming
  • Alexander "Ace" Baker Tabla, Producer, Chant, Drum Programming, Synthesizer Bass
  • M.B. Gordy Percussion
  • Dan Higgins Alto and Tenor Sax
  • Jimmy Johnson Bass
  • Tom Walsh Drums
  • Alan Hirshberg Mixing
  • William Aura Digital Mastering
  • Dennis Keeley Photography
  • Matt Marshall Executive Producer
  • Dan Selene Executive Producer
  • Seth Front cover illustration
  • John Wittenberg Violin
  • John Scanlon Viola
  • Suzie Katayama Cello
  • Francesca Restrepo Art Direction, Design
  • Maria Ehrenreich Production Director


[IMAGE] QuoteThough Grant Geissman achieved his greatest genre success focusing on acoustic guitar and its synergy with the sax, he's also never backed down from great challenges that took his fingers elsewhere. His 1993 classic Rustic Technology was a stylistic departure featuring violin and all acoustic instruments, and his Higher Octave Jazz debut In With The Out Crowd (which draws stylistically from the era of Ramsey Lewis's 60s funk jazz heyday) mixes his gutsy electric edge with raw, hip-hop and acid jazz production, hypnotic Crusaders-styled keyboard riffs (with Tim Heintz approximating Joe Sample's Fender Rhodes style), mandolin, steel string and even unusual spiritual touches like chanting and a rolling sitar melody on the mystical, moody "Lost But Found." For the first time, Geissman also goes sample happy, mixing in alternating koto and muted trumpet riffs above the urban shuffle and universalist chant on "World as One." Marlo also peppers laid back pieces like "Heartbeat" with a soothing scat style which balances Geissman's tendency to improvise off his top-notch melodies. Those longing throughout all these unique departures for vintage smooth jazz Geissman are rewarded with the lively, Acoustic Alchemy - like cruise "Highway 60s Revisited" (which alternates steel string and classical guitar) and "Life...and Stuff, " theme from a short lived Pam Dawber TV series which draws guitar inspiration from The Byrds and symphonic production ideas from The Beatles. Safe to say that Geissman is one of smooth jazz's leading time travel navigators.

- Jonathan Widran


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