Jared Gold: Supersonic (2009)

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Jared Gold: Supersonic
The organ trio, back in the day at the sharp end of sonic technology—electric organs! electric guitars! special effects!—sounds in 2009 the most dated of hard bop retentions. Compare Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
1925 - 2005
organ, Hammond B3
's Blue Note collection, A New Sound - A New Star, recorded in 1956, with many new millennial outings in the style, and try to find any substantial differences. The biggest change is that what once must have sounded thoroughly cutting edge now sounds revivalist, even quaint.



Modern organists have responded to the challenge of being simultaneously in the tradition and of this time in various ways. Groups like Medeski, Martin & Wood

Medeski, Martin & Wood
Medeski, Martin & Wood

band/orchestra
have hung on to the original ambience of the genre while topping it with layer upon layer of overdubbing, loops and digital effects. Marco Benevento
Marco Benevento
Marco Benevento

organ, Hammond B3
—whose Invisible Baby (Hyena, 2008) and Me Not Me (Royal Potato Family, 2009) have yet to be recognized as the masterpieces of keyboard invention that they are—has opted instead to embrace the essentially kitsch, cheesy and overheated nature of the organ, bombard it with digital voodoo, lace it with hallucinogens and then multiply by eleven.

The option chosen by Jared Gold on Supersonic is simply to keep on trucking—not messing with the B3's classic sound palette, going for a live sound, relying on sheer energy and improvisational élan to sound fresh. It's a tough route, but Gold makes it. John Sebastian's "Welcome Back" and Gold's "Makin' Do," which open the disc, are fast, full-on mixes of funk and bop, the first screamingly urgent, the second a little mellower. Crewe & Gaudio's evergreen ballad, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," which follows, is reminiscent of Jimmy Smith at his most rococo.



Gold's "Times Are Hard On The Boulevard" and "Battle Of Tokorazawa" tread more singular ground—intense, jittery and chromatic. Gold's solos are thrilling. On "Tokorazawa," guitarist Ed Cherry

Ed Cherry
Ed Cherry
b.1954
guitar
—who, for most of the album, stays in classic Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
1925 - 1968
guitar
and Grant Green
Grant Green
Grant Green
1935 - 1979
guitar
modes—offers a sonically adventurous solo which is as beautiful as it is all too brief. "Joe's Thing," a slow blues, and "Home Again," wistful with a touch of tunesmith Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
b.1954
guitar
in the top line, take the album out.



When it stays with the tradition, it's convincing. When it strikes out somewhere Gold's own, it's compelling. It's all solid stuff, but more of the latter would make for a really distinctive disc.

Track Listing: Welcome Back; Makin' Do; Can't Take My Eyes Off You; Times Are Hard On The Boulevard; In My Life; Battle Of Tokorazawa; Sparks; Angel Eyes; Joe's Thing; Home Again.

Personnel: Jared Gold: organ; Ed Cherry: guitar; McClenty Hunter: drums.

Record Label: Posi-Tone Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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