Swingin' & Groovin' Harder Than Ever!
Guymon Ensley, a prolific composer, has written, produced and recorded music professionally across genre lines for two decades. He has released four albums and seven single award winning projects since 2003, and continues to produce music for his band G.E.Q., as well as numerous other ensembles, vocalists and spoken word artists.
An accomplished trumpeter, Guy continues to compose classic & contemporary jazz, R&B and new-age music. However, his current focus is now on production music for film and television, specializing in orchestral cues. Guy continues to be productive in the industry as a progressive composer of music of many genres.
My musical journey began by performing, composing and recording R&B songs with local artists and bands. Armed with that experience and formal training, I decided to pursue my first love ... JAZZ!
In the Pursuit of Jazz
Along the way, numerous referrals led me to one of the most renowned musicians, educators and mentors in the jazz world. Among them was Sam Sanders. Under him, I took on the challenge of improvisation. After many hours of rehearsals, repetition and concentration, I began to compose music that complemented my newly developed style.
Classic Jazz, yes that American art form that was born in New Orleans and nurtured in several great cities in the country, yes, that jazz ... it's what "GEQ" Guymon Ensley Quintet 'swings' with. I formed my band was formed in 2001 and was soon earning rave reviews in 2002 at the renowned Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit.
First Album & More Performances
GEQ continued to enjoy success with the release of our first album, Here Put This On in 2003, which was re-released in 2009 with two bonus tracks added. With the album gaining hype, the band and I continued performing at the most of the prestigious venues in Michigan. In the summer of 2016, we completed our ninth tour to the Hawaiian and Caribbean Islands.
GEQ's performance repertoire includes many of my own original songs. I write numbers that emphasize the strengths of my band's players, making the music sound complex despite being relatively easy to perform. The ideas come pretty easy when it comes to these gentlemen and ladies because each of these phenomenal musicians can take a lead sheet and read it down quickly and put their own incredible spin on it. I've been known to spring a brand new chart on them right on the band stand too!
Even though GEQ is known for the original compositions, I like to play arrangements of the standards. A rock beat at the beginning of the Theolonious Monk's "Well You Needn't" ... a piano interlude right in the middle of Miles Davis' "Milestones," or a latin style rhythm on Charlie Parker's "Ornithology."
My band and I have been respectfully compared to the likes of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers as well as the ensembles of John Coltrane and Miles Davis. In 2006 and 2007, GEQ was nominated for Outstanding Modern Jazz Group at the Detroit Music Awards, furthermore, I was nominated for the Outstanding Jazz Composer category.
Also in 2006, I released my first solo EP, titled Meet Guymon Ensley. It contained three original songs, along with an intriguing arrangement of Bill Withers' "Grandma's Hands." The contemporary jazz works was my first outside of the classic jazz genre. Two more albums and five more singles followed the solo project.
January 4 of 2019, "Meditative Grooves" was released. New age was the genre of this works. Receiving a "Global Music Award" in June of this year. MEDITATIVE Grooves is New-age music coveted with jazz, R&B and baroque influences . . . harmonies, melodies and rhythms intended to create artistic inspiration and relaxation . . . a sit down to "hear and absorb it” collection of songs.
D I S C O G R A P H Y
2019 - "Meditative Grooves" - Guymon Ensley (album: New-Age Instrumental)
2017 - "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" Guymon Ensley & GEQ (single release; swingin' arrangement of an English Christmas carol)
2017 - "B4U Dip B Sure" - with Anita Caprice (single release; spoken word & funk)
2016 - "Nobody Knows I'm Here" - Guymon Ensley & GEQ (single release; modern big band instrumental)
2014 - "This Comes With It" - Guymon Ensley (extended play release featuring original contemporary jazz and rhythm & blues works)
2011 - "Key Of Gee" - Guymon Ensley - (single release; contemporary jazz instrumental)
2010 - "The Christmas Song" - Guymon Ensley arrangement - (single release; contemporary jazz vocal featuring Sandra Bomar)
2010 - "Where Am I Going With You" - Guymon Ensley - (single release; contemporary jazz vocal)
2009 - "Here Put This On" - Guymon Ensley & GEQ - (RE-RELEASE full release featuring arrangements of originals and standards: plus two BONUS tracks)
2006 - "Meet Guymon Ensley" - Guymon Ensley - (extended play release featuring original Rhythm & Blues works)
2003 - "Here Put This On" - Guymon Ensley & GEQ - (full release featuring arrangements of jazz standards and original pieces)