First impressions can sometimes be deceiving and should sometimes be ignored; otherwise one stands the risk of missing out on something greater. The first couple of tracks on Cologne clearly have their roots in the work of Bill Evans, specifically his trio with bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian. Bassist John Goldsby's playing stands out with the same kind of high-end lyricism as LaFaro, and demonstrates a similarly playful intuitiveness. Peter Erskine, one of the few drummers on the scene who seems able to fit into any context, is equally empathic, exhibiting the same penchant for colour as Motian. ...read more
Viewpoint takes a slightly different course than most recent releases by the German Nagel Heyer label which have focused on mainstream/traditional jazz. On this album they give Kentucy born and top ranked bassist, John Goldsby, the opportunity to perform on a series of originals and standards, assuming a modern, progressive bent.
This is Goldsby's second album as a leader and first since 1994. He is joined by a group of players who, like him, make Europe their home. Although the bassist is the listed leader of the set, he is first among equals. The lead off tune Love Paris", with ...read more