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Larry Goldings, THE TRIO: Larry Goldings-Peter Bernstein-Bill Stewart: Ramshackle Serenade

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Like just about every historically great organ trio, these three expert musicians are strongly rooted in funk and jazz: Organ player Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart both spent time smoking riffs for saxophonist Maceo Parker and guitarist {{John Scofield (not at the same time), while no less an authority than Jim Hall once called Peter Bernstein the most impressive jazz guitarist he'd ever heard. These shared roots especially grow through this set's “Mr. Meagles," through which Goldings and Bernstein respectively move and groove like Jimmy Smith and Grant Green.“Sweet and Lovely" is more than a standard lovingly ...

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Jazz Quanta July: Larry Goldings, Sean Jones and Todd Bishop

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Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Bill Stewart Ramshackle Serenade Pirouet Records 2014 The organ trio in jazz has always been one of the more durable formats. Wild Bill Davis, John Patton, Shirley Scott, Richard “Groove" Holmes, Jimmy Smith and Larry Young have all led important trios each giving the music a little bit of themselves and pushing the music to its outer limits. To get the breadth of the jazz organ, compare Big John Patton's rollicking period piece Wild Bill Davis at Birdland (Columbia, 1955) and Tony Williams' seditious liberation of sound Emergency ...

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Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart: Ramshackle Serenade

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Few artistic partnerships are as delightfully durable as the trio of organist Larry Goldings, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and drummer Bill Stewart. These men have often recorded under the moniker of the “Larry Goldings Trio" over the past two-plus decades, but this has never been a band to favor one player over another. Each man has always owned equal shares in this group--demonstrated on strong showings like The Intimacy Of The Blues (Verve, 1991), Moonbird (Palmetto, 1999), and Sweet Science (Palmetto, 2002)--and that hasn't changed. Goldings' name may still come first on this album spine, but it's all for one and ...

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Bill Stewart: Incandescence

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Funk and jazz drummer Bill Stewart brings an unusual format to this effort. The use of piano and Hammond organ completes his trio, with Stewart offering a series of challenging compositions. Incandescence is indeed an appropriate title for the album, as it exudes a glowing-with-heat ambiance.

Stewart's long stretch with guitarist John Scofield's group provides a basis for his heavy funk drumming, and his choice of associates reflects it. Larry Goldings has risen to near the top of today's jazz organists and, in fact, Stewart has been a member of the organist's own group (along with guitarist Peter Bernstein) for ...

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Bill Stewart: Incandescence

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Best known for his work with guitarist John Scofield, drummer Bill Stewart has avoided the straight and narrow in favor of a more exploratory path. Although Stewart's output as a leader has been limited by his various sideman duties, his solo work is consistently inventive, combining idiosyncratic writing with agreeable rhythms.

A tasteful stylist who favors melodious polyrhythms and colorful accents over pyrotechnics, Stewart has been recruited by a number of high profile artists. In addition to Scofield, he has regularly collaborated with Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny and Maceo Parker, among others. ...

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Bill Stewart: Incandescence

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Sometimes it's the more unusual releases that yield the most pleasant surprises and such is the case with Bill Stewart's Incandescence. The seasoned drummer has been the percussive impetus for saxophonists Maceo Parker, Michael Brecker, guitarist John Scofield and one of today's premier B3 organists, Larry Goldings (who appears on this release). Stewart has a number of recordings as a leader, but now has a few tricks up his sleeve with the unusual trio setting of piano, Hammond organ, and drums. Completing the triad is pianist Kevin Hays who is no stranger to forward-thinking music as heard ...

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Bill Stewart: Keynote Speakers; Larry Goldings: Quartet

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Bill Stewart Trio Keynote Speakers Bill Stewart Music 2006

The trio of instruments on Keynote Speakers is quite unconventional, with keyboardists Larry Goldings and Kevin Hays bookending Bill Stewart's drums. On the opening tune, “Good Goat, Goldings sprints on the Hammond and Hays grooves on the electric piano without stepping on each other's notes. Goldings paints with soulful colors on the bluesy “How Long Is Jazz? with Hays comping admirably on piano and Stewart keeping pace on drums. Stewart's cymbal flourishes frame Hays' haunting intro on “Chorale, and when Goldings falls in ...



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