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Take Five With Will Goble

Take Five With Will Goble
By Published: August 20, 2012
Meet Will Goble:
Without fanfare, Will Goble is steadily carving out a unique space for himself as a bassist and bandleader. Driven by a genuine love for group interaction and a positive exchange with audiences, he leads his own bands and supports other musicians with equal energy and enthusiasm. His first album as a leader Some Stories Tells No Lies, features his own trio joined by trumpeter Marcus Printup
Marcus Printup
Marcus Printup
b.1967
trumpet
, who performs alongside fellow trumpeter Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
b.1961
trumpet
in the renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and saxophonist Chad Eby
Chad Eby
b.1973
saxophone
, for several originals from Will, drummer Dave Potter and pianist Austin Johnson, as well as compositions by Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
and bassist Robert Hurst, among others.

Some Stories offers a diverse selection of music performed with infectious rhythms and communication, all in a live studio setting that communicates the music directly to the listener as it was originally performed, without any edits.

Will has also performed as a sideman with Grammy Award-winning pianist Marcus Roberts
Marcus Roberts
Marcus Roberts
b.1963
piano
and numerous other notable artists, including Vincent Gardner
Vincent Gardner
Vincent Gardner
b.1972
trombone
, Jason Marsalis
Jason Marsalis
Jason Marsalis
b.1977
drums
, Marcus Printup, Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Eric Reed
Eric Reed
Eric Reed
b.1970
piano
, Marcus Belgrave
Marcus Belgrave
Marcus Belgrave
b.1936
trumpet
, Kevin Bales, Scotty Barnhart
Scotty Barnhart
Scotty Barnhart
b.1964
trumpet
, Martin Bejerano, Philip Harper
Philip Harper
Philip Harper
b.1965
trumpet
, Fred Wesley
Fred Wesley
Fred Wesley
b.1943
trombone
and Stephen Riley, among others. He currently tours frequently with his own trio/quartet, as well as the Jason Marsalis' Vibes Quartet.

Will appears on Marsalis' most recent release, Music Update (Elm), which was released nationally in August, 2009 and received 4.5 stars from Downbeat Magazine. Jason's second Vibes release will also features Will on bass and is due out in the fall of 2012.

In June, 2008, Will received his masters degree from Florida State University, where he worked as a graduate teaching assistant in the jazz studies program assisting Marcus Roberts in developing educational curricula for new college students interested in studying jazz. Shortly thereafter, Will relocated to Atlanta where he maintains a busy performing schedule.

Instrument(s):
Bass.

Teachers and/or influences?
Rodney Jordan, Marcus Roberts, Kevin Bales, Jason Marsalis, Andrew Sioberg.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
...all my friends were doing it.

The first Jazz album I bought was:
The Quintet (Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
1917 - 1993
trumpet
, Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
1920 - 1955
sax, alto
, Bud Powell
Bud Powell
Bud Powell
1924 - 1966
piano
, Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
1922 - 1979
bass, acoustic
, and Max Roach
Max Roach
Max Roach
1925 - 2007
drums
), Live At Massey Hall (Debut, 1963).

CDs you are listening to now:
Mary Lou Williams
Mary Lou Williams
Mary Lou Williams
1910 - 1981
piano
, A Grand Night For Swinging (HighNote); Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis
b.1960
saxophone
, Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis Music); Johnny Griffin
Johnny Griffin
Johnny Griffin
1928 - 2008
sax, tenor
and Wilbur Ware
Wilbur Ware
Wilbur Ware
1923 - 1979
bass, acoustic
, The Chicago Sound (Fresh Sound); Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
1927 - 1996
sax, baritone
and Thelonious Monk, Mulligan Meets Monk (Riverside Records).

Desert Island picks:
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
, Crescent (Impulse!); Ben Webster
Ben Webster
Ben Webster
1909 - 1973
sax, tenor
, See You At the Fair (Impulse!); Branford Marsalis, Bloomington (Columbia); Thelonious Monk, Criss Cross (Columbia); Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
, The Ellington Suites (Pablo).

How would you describe the state of jazz today?
Young musicians need mentorship. There are talented people who are, at times, finding new and interesting influences and, at other times, ignoring important roots—a mixed, confusing bag of exciting promise with an unfortunate lack of connection to everyday people.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
We can benefit from thoughtfulness, honesty, and not taking ourselves too seriously (without sacrificing high standards). It's important to think about where our music fits in the world, and how we can connect creatively. As more disparate influences are utilized, it's also important not to lose key folk elements that help connect jazz to all people.

What is in the near future?
Jason Marsalis' In A World Of Mallets will be released on Basin Street Records in the winter of 2013.

Photo Credit

Courtesy of Will Goble
Will Goble
Will Goble
b.1983
bass, acoustic


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