Geoff Anderson

Host, Tuesday's Night Beat and Substitute Host, All Blues

Geoff Anderson has been a KUVO volunteer for more than 25 years. For almost all that time, he has been on the air Tuesday evenings as the host of The Night Beat with Geoff Anderson. Geoff also regularly fills in as the host for All Blues.

Geoff started in public radio in 1976 at KCSU in Fort Collins. After taking a break from radio to attend law school and start a legal career, Geoff dove back into jazz radio by volunteering at KUVO in 1988 as the station was just starting out.

Geoff is a fan of many types of music and attends concerts around town on a regular basis. He show reviews appear on KUVO's website as well as All About Jazz. Being a music junkie and working in radio during the '70s resulted in Geoff amassing an extensive record collection that he has kept intact to this day.

During his weekly feature, "The Vinyl Vault," on-air every Tuesday at 8:30 PM, Geoff shares a record from his collection that isn't in the KUVO library.

In his spare time, Geoff is a real estate attorney at Sweetbaum, Levin & Sands, PC .

ECM month continues on the Vinyl Vault with the bestselling solo piano album in history, “The Köln Concert” by Keith Jarrett. The concert was recorded on January 24, 1975 in Cologne, West Germany and turned out to be Jarrett’s most highly acclaimed solo recording. Completely improvised on the spot, Jarrett explores a wide range of styles, rhythms and emotions. Hear excerpts from this ECM masterpiece this Tuesday, October 16 at 8:30 pm on KUVO JAZZ.

This week the Vinyl Vault will feature a shimmering solo acoustic guitar album by Ralph Towner entitled “Solo Concert.” Recorded in 1979, it was released in 1980 on ECM records. ECM records are known for their excellent recording quality and this one is a great example with Towner’s 12 string and classical guitars shining brightly throughout the set.

This week’s Vinyl Vault, fundraiser addition, will be Pat Metheny’s 1984 album “Rejoicing” released on ECM records. Heavily influenced by Ornette Coleman, it not only features three Coleman compositions, but also Coleman’s rhythm section in bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins. Metheny wrote several tunes on the album, Haden wrote one and the album kicks off with a Horace Silver composition. The players are highly compatible and sympathetic and the trio format gives Metheny plenty of room for his unique solos.

Many musicians like to collect instruments. Certainly, guitarists collect guitars. Pat Metheny is a case in point. Over the years he has added a synth-guitar as well as the exotic 42 string Pikasso guitar to his recordings and live performances. Not satisfied with switching guitars for a different sound, Metheny even built a whole new instrument, the auto-mechanical Orchestrion. It’s an elaborate machine with drums, guitars, pianos, a bottle organ, and whatnot all controlled by Metheny as he plays his guitar. He still takes parts of the Orchestrion on the road to join his band on tour.

The spotlight is on the piano this week on the Vinyl Vault as we present a piano duet album with Tommy Flanagan and Hank Jones, two of the finest jazz pianists from the second half of the 20th Century. The album is entitled “Our Delights” and was recorded in January 1978. Flanagan and Jones spent years as accompanists and as a result, they know how to support each other and not step or try to upstage each other. It’s a sympathetic and delightful performance of jazz standards and you can hear it Tuesday at 8:30 pm on KUVO.

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