Jared Gold: Golden Child (2012)
Golden Child, his fifth release for the Posi-Tone label since 2009, was actually recorded a good six months before its horn-driven predecessor, 2011's All Wrapped Up, and on the whole it's a looser date. Two like-minded musical partnersguitarist Ed Cherry and drummer Quincy Davisjoin the organist on a covers-heavy program that gives nods to everybody from Sam Cooke and Johnny Nash to Jimmy Webb and Duke Ellington. While Gold's selections are familiar ones, his interpretations are far from normal. Musicians including clarinetist Anat Cohen and guitarist Bill Frisell have treated Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" with due reverence, but Gold gives it a groovy make-over, and Ellington's ballad-born "In A Sentimental Mood" is transformed into a mid-tempo swinger.
While the band catches fire on occasion, most notably with the back-to-back home runs of "In A Sentimental Mood" and "Times Up," this is an album that's more likely to singe than fully burn. Gold's originals, from the title track which cooks on a low flame to the semi-swampy "14 Carat Gold" to the mellow and soulful "Pensa Em Mim" are inviting in their casualness. Cherry reads Gold's temperature at every turn, meshing with the leader rather than providing great contrast in most places, and Davis moves the music along without pushing.
Golden Child isn't an overly ambitious outing, but it's welcome nonetheless, another opportunity to admire the unique organ perspective that Jared Gold has to offer.
Track Listing: A Change Is Gonna Come; Hold That Thought; I Can See Clearly Now; Golden Child; Wichita Lineman; 14 Carat Gold; I Wanna Walk; Pensa Em Mim; In A Sentimental Mood; Times Up; When It's Sleepy Time Down South.
Personnel: Jared Gold: organ; Ed Cherry: guitar; Quincy Davis: drums.
Record Label: Posi-Tone Records
Style: Modern Jazz