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by John Kelman
The measure of an artist's worth is his entire oeuvre, not simply a specific moment in time, a particular group or a single release. Still, while keyboardist Stu Goldberg never made the name for himself that he should have as a member of John McLaughlin's mid-'70s Mahavishnu Orchestra and late-'70s One Truth Band and as a sideman on drummer Alphonse Mouzon's powerfully eclectic Virtue (MPS, 1977), also recently reissued by Germany's Promising Music, the pianist's Eye of the Beholder (MPS, ...read more
by John Kelman
Stu Goldberg garnered initial attention as a member of John McLaughlin's mid to late-1970s Mahavishnu Orchestra and One Truth Band, but the keyboardist seemed to disappear off the map soon after. In the intervening years he's been busy as a film scorer and has recently begun to re-established himself as a leader on a series of albums focusing on his acoustic piano skills. But while Going Home (Rhombus, 2001) and Dedication (Dedication, 2002) were more conventional in terms of instrumentation, ...read more
by Walter Kolosky
You never know where the trip will take you. One day you are a teenaged musician sharing the stage with the greatest jazz and rock players in the world. Another day, thirty years later, you are comfortably ensconced in your own recording studio laying down tracks for the hit TV series The Amazing Race. Jazz pianist and composer Stu Goldberg is a long way from his jazz-fusion-pioneering days of the 1970s. There are no more European, North American ...read more
by Dave Nathan
Stu Goldberg cut his teeth working with some of the leading fusion practitioners of the day including Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell and Wayne Shorter. He also has an impressive list of credits for TV and film scores. For his latest recording endeavor as a leader, his fifth since 1982, Goldberg returns to the original concept of fusion jazz which has pretty much degenerated into a cloying mix of jazz, pop and shallow R&B ideas. All the cuts come ...read more
by AAJ Staff
Stu Goldberg has fashioned what the scribes have dubbed as Classical Jazz" and may be a bit more classical than pure jazz. Nonetheless it is a fine piece of work with brilliant playing by both Goldbergs and bassist Jeff Falkner. A minor irritant is the hard slap type drumming that is so alien to the purist" jazzers like Kenny Clarke and Philly Joe.
There is a Spanish type feel to the works (Tunes does not sound apropos). Stu Goldberg has ...read more