Tennyson & Keiser

Tennyson & Keiser

BandJazzAdult Contemporary

PopJazz: When the form of Pop music meets the spirit of Jazz... Instrumental jazz featuring acoustic grand piano, rhodes and organ with deep bass grooves. Three cuts feature New York's finest vocalists-Aisha de Haas, Reggie Royal and Muriel Fowler.



"Groove" is the name of the game!

"There once was a time when even the most prominent jazz musicians would get involved in what in the USA is generally known as pop music. Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans (especially him!) - they all interpreted in their own personal manner the well-established standards of the «All American Songbook». There is no reason whatsoever why young musicians on the current scene shouldn't do the same. But there is a serious difference: The old standards are all built on the rhythmic pattern of the 4/4 time signature. Today, the orientation lies in the diverse rhythmic facets of each composition! "Groove" is the name of game! And that is exactly what this production projects. Bass player Peter Keiser is well versed in this category. He knows exactly how to supply the foundation on which a composition can be made clear, interesting and innovative. Keyboard wizard John Gentry Tennyson succeeds time after time in giving each tune the desired colour, idiomatic legitimacy and of course making his own mark when it comes to melodics, technique and harmonic embellishment. It therefore comes as no surprise that these two musicians have found each other. And it is even less of a surprise that this duo works organically and perfectly together. The description «Popjazz» thus acquires a legitimate meaning. Even in a remote sense more than often, all compositions lean on patterns which derive from the upper class of pop music. The rhythmic aspect stays within the guidelines of funk, soul and last but not least jazz rock. Tennyson and Keiser are on their way to showing new and absolutely justifiable perspectives within the musical understanding of pop and jazz during the past twenty years. Both protagonists do it with all the means they both possess on an extremely high level. The times have changed - even though creativity, innovation and enormous ability are still very much in demand. Both Tennyson and Keiser are devoted to a task which, when given a closer look, makes just as much sense as the pop interpretations of the great masters during the Fifties. The small and subtle difference is that while many different aspects can be studied on this production, the main thing that counts is the direction in which it goes. Everything else is a musical definition of the position and a creative expression of two excellent musicians."
-Kurt Weil/Jazz Magazine/Zurich 2003


During his youth, John Gentry Tennyson from Houston, Texas devoted himself to classical music. Highly celebrated as an up-and-coming star, he played with the University of Houston Symphony Orchestra at the tender age of 11 and started his career as a professional pianist when he turned 14 years old. During his college years he developed a great enthusiasm for jazz music. Due to his overwhelming technique acquired by means of intense studies of classical literature and his stupendous musicality, he soon became a highly sought-after jazz pianist. He played with Les Paul, Rodney Jones, Dewey Redman, Randy Brecker, Jennifer Holliday, Al Di Meola, Mel Lewis, Bucky Pizarelli, Mark O'Connor, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tom Harrell, Will Lee, Hiram Bullock, and many more well-known jazz greats. His interest in many different musical styles and his enormous capability to develop his own skills took him down various musical avenues. He soon became Musical Director on tours with the pop singer Sophie B. Hawkins and also accompanied cross-over sensation diva, Sarah Brightman, as well as soul star, Diana Ross. Parallel to these prestigious engagements, he became more and more dedicated to composition: Subtle and sensitive CD productions with his Real World Trio and the project «Europa» together with a string quartet and the extraordinary bandoneon player, Raul Jaurena, are the first two albums this exceptional musician has released under his own name. John Gentry Tennyson can by rights be called a gifted instrumentalist who combines varied musical influences with unique and brilliant technique. At the same time he always remains faithful to his melodic and rhythmic concepts which are not tainted by technical effects but rather impress and inspire in a poetic sense with incredible musical finesse. These characteristics are fully featured on his new project «Tennyson & Keiser» which he founded together with Swiss bass player, Peter Keiser.


Peter Keiser was born, together, with his twin brother, Walter Keiser, into a highly acoustic world and tried at first with all his own might to dodge the professional voice of his mother and the dissonant clanging of his brother. These initial steps into the brothers' musical career came to an abrupt halt due to the biological reasons of growing up. But as the yodelling mom, Martheli Mumenthaler (even today still very well known by many Swiss people!), was at the peak of her career and continued to fill up the household with her powerful voice, Peter


I Met Someone Wonderful

Written By: John Gentry Tennyson

I think of you
Then you appear

I speak to you
And then you disappear

I dream of you
And you draw me near

I cry for you
But you won’t shed your tears

Well, I’ve got
Something to say to you…

I met someone wonderful (tell me right now)
I met someone new
I met someone wonderful
And it’s you…
Interlude: (instrumental)

Verse 2:
When I look at you
You look away

When I talk to you
You don’t know what to say

When I walk with you
You’re always miles away
But then you hold my hand
And I have to say…

I met someone wonderful (tell me right now)
I met someone new
I met someone wonderful
And it’s you…
Baby, it’s you.

Instrumental/Vocal: (Solo)

Verse 3:
My heart aches too much
To keep this all inside

You thrill me so
This I cannot hide

I can’t stay away
From this love I feel

All I want to do
Is give my love to you

Well, I’ve got
Something to say to you…

Chorus: (4x’s)
I met someone wonderful (tell me right now)
I met someone new
I met someone wonderful
And it’s you…
You. (Baby, I love you.)


John Tennyson's Real World Trio
John Gentry Tennyson Europa
Tennyson & Keiser PopJazz

Set List

1. Frankie Sunshine
2. Boggiolina
3. Summer, Winter, Fall & Spring
4. Lili Belle
5. Riviera
6. Love Is The Ultimate Groove
7. Maur
8. Je Suis Fatigué
9. PopJazz
10. I Met Someone Wonderful
11. Currents-Scenes From My Life
12. The Last Good-Bye
13. Volo Notturno
14. Street Scene