It's not every trumpeter that affectionately garners the appellation, Little Red Rodney," as Chicago-born and now Boulder, Colorado-located artist, Brad Goode once did. And, it's not only because of what grows from under his cap and on his chin. Goode, who has performed with the Red Arrow" and many other jazz and pop greats as both a lead and jazz player, is world-renown as an incredibly talented and multi-dimensional trumpeter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, jazz ambassador" and educator. With ...read more
Trumpeter Brad Goode may be approaching a decade spent in Boulder, Colorado, but his heart will always belong to Chicago. Goode was born in The Windy City and, though the twists and turns of life took him elsewhere, he returned there to do his master's degree at DePaul University and launch his career. He held court at the legendary Green Mill from the mid-'80s through the late '90s, holding down a weekly gig that would often find hometown heroes like ...read more
Tight Like This is trumpeter Brad Goode's fourth Delmark release and it's clear, perhaps more so than with any of his previous three, that his musical path is littered with subtle delights the like of which take their time to appreciate. Sure, he's capable of virtuosic flight as much as any highly accomplished trumpet player, but he knows that in these early years of the twenty-first century it takes something more than that to catch the ear. ...read more
Chicago-native trumpeter Brad Goode is steeped in the tradition. His previous Delmark offering, Nature Boy (2008), was very well-received for its conservative yet creative approach toward standards in a quartet format. He returns, delving deeper into jazz styles of the 1920s and '30s, updating them in a wonderfully lo-fi way. Tight Like This celebrates the early trumpet pioneers, most notably Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. Changes," composed in 1927 by Walter Donaldson ("My Blue Heaven" and Yes ...read more
Trumpeter Goode is one of those musicians for whom the post-bop continuum fits like the proverbial glove. In the still far from overdone setting of trumpet and rhythm section he brings something fresh, to pieces such as the title track and I Remember You." Both almost literally qualify for the term venerable and do indeed in view of the number of times they've found their way onto record.
Goode's muted playing on the last of these, exudes a restless air ...read more
Trumpeter Brad Goode brings a mixed bag to this recording. He set his sights on pop tunes from the past and the present, jazz standards, a Latin tune as well as his own work. They serve him well. He dips in and brings out the nuances and the range, turning this into a recording well worth listening to.
Goode opens with Nature Boy. It is an astute choice for it gives him an avenue to show his ability to make ...read more
Trumpeter Brad Goode marks his return to Delmark Records with Nature Boy, a hard-blowing quartet session featuring sympathetic support from pianist Jeff Jenkins, bassist Johannes Weidenmuller and drummer Todd Reid. A well-conceived program of standards and originals, the disc is a tremendous showcase for Goode's ever-evolving, fresh approach to performing and composing.
Goode's command of the trumpet allows for plenty of risk-taking moments, drenched with technical astonishment and raw emotion. With an abundance of melodic ideas, the Chicago native walks ...read more
This well-programmed set of originals and standards showcases Brad Goode's first-rate trumpet playing. On the opening title track, Goode enters mysteriously in his solo, before darting around and interacting deftly with the rhythm section, particularly drummer Dana Hall.
The rhythm section, comprised of Hall, pianist Adrean Farrugia (whose advanced harmonic conception and lyricism recalls Herbie Hancock) and bassist Kelly Sill, shifts gears seamlessly on Thelonious Monk's Bemsha Swing. The rhythmic juxtaposition is excellent, especially during Farrugia's spot. Goode's ...read more