Pianist and composer Geoffrey Keezer returns with a new genre-bending release, Playdate.

For his 23rd album as a leader, Keezer has enlisted a roster of distinguished, familiar collaborators known collectively as Geoffrey Keezer & Friends. The ensemble consists of organist Shedrick Mitchell, saxophonist Ron Blake, bassist Richie Goods and drummer Kendrick Scott.

Playdate also features special guest performances from guitarists Aayushi Karnik and Nir Felder, French hornist Rachel Drehmann and percussionist Munyungo Jackson.

Together, the ensemble plays an amalgamation of funk, hard bop, gospel and blues along with soaring string arrangements.