JEFF KIER'S MUSIC

Jeff Kier Trio:  Jeff Kier-composer/keyboard, Mike Hershenson-guitar, Lanny Grilly-drums. Recorded at Logan Square Studio
Jeff Kier Quintet: Jeff Kier-composer/piano, Mike Hershenson-guitar, Lanny Grilly-drums, Dave Grilly-woodwinds, Austin Lanning-bass, Scott Hirtenstein-percussion on "New Lands (live)
Recorded at Logan Square Studio
The Jeff Kier/Grilly Brothers Big Band Project was recorded live at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago with our sextet: Jeff Kier-piano, Dave Grilly-woodwinds, Lanny Grilly-drums, Nick Drozdoff-trumpet, Brian Sandstrom-bass, and Eddie Mason-percussion. Accompanied by the University Of Wisconsin Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Curt Hanrahan. All of the music was composed by Jeff Kier with orchestrations by Mike Hartigan. The scores consist of 13 horn parts with our sextet as the soloists.
"The Grilly Brothers & Jeff Kier are all Chicago…Lanny on drums and Dave on reeds first put their quintet together in 1979… The Grilly Brothers Band opened for Ahmad Jamal at the second Chicago Jazz Festival in 1980, and a bunch of fine players, better-known today, came through the ranks: guitarists Fareed Haque and Henry Johnson, bassist Steve Hashimoto, vibist Kathy Kelly, Mucca Pazza bandleader Mark Messing, to name just a few. And also Mike Arnopol, the brainy bassist who acted as musical director for the original Grilly Brothers before gaining fame for his work with Patricia Barber. Well, Arnopol is back for this recording, along with the Bros. themselves; they’re the originals. Add in Nick Drozdoff on trumpet – classical and jazz virtuoso… , veteran percussionist Eddie Mason; and then the keyboards whiz Jeff Kier, who wrote all the tunes for this disc; and now you’re getting back to it, to the hard-swinging funkified hard-bop of the 60s and 70s, which inspired them all in the first place,… the Grilly Brothers still fit Chicago like a fur-lined Isotoner glove.” Neil Tesser, Nationally renowned jazz critic.
The Grilly Brothers Symphonic Project had Jeff Kier's compositions scored for a 60 piece Symphonic Orchestra by Mike Hartigan. Featured soloists from our sextet: Dave Grilly-woodwinds, Lanny Grilly-drums, Jeff Kier-piano, Nick Drozdoff-brass, Mike Arnopol-bass, and Eddie Mason-percussion.
 
Jeff Kier Sextet:  Jeff Kier-composer/piano, Dave Grilly-woodwinds, Mike Hershenson-guitar, Lanny Grilly-drums, Ben Taylor-bass, Scott Hirtenstein-percussion. Recorded at Logan Square Studio