Ben Goldberg: Go Home (2010)
"Wasee" marches ahead with a deep groove and rock-solid determination, sounding like a Klezmer/jazz/garage-rock hybrid. Hunter stings and crackles on his solo; Amendola lays down a heavy, metronomic dance beat; and Goldberg and Miles weave elastic lines around each other.
Four of the ten Goldberg originals were recorded live. The nine-minute "Root and Branch" has a loose and spontaneous feeling during Goldberg's extended solo in front of a crunchy, restrained rhythm. The leader gives way to Miles, who blows with a relaxed eloquence, leading into Hunter's prickly, jagged, razor-sharp lines, which resonate off the garage walls and snap around Amendola's muscular percussion.
The appeal of Go Home is due, in large part, to the smooth old world atmosphere of the clarinet and trumpet, underlain by the slightly ragged, sometimes grungy rock moods laid down by Hunter and Amendolaa traditional approach mixing it up with a forward-leaning raw energy that results in a lively and sometimes tempestuous marriage.
Track Listing: TGO; Wazee; Lace; Root and Branch; Head and Tails; Ethan's Song; Inevitable; Isosceles; Reparation; Papermaker.
Personnel: Ben Goldberg: clarinet; Charlie Hunter: 7-String guitar; Scott Amendola: drums; Ron Miles: cornet, G trumpet.
Record Label: BAG Production