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Album Review

Brad Goode: That's Right!

Read "That's Right!" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


The first collaboration between trumpeter Brad Goode and saxophonist Ernie Watts is a case study in superior musicianship and improvisation. It also illustrates how two frontline performers and their supporting band can achieve excellence as a creative ensemble. The kickoff, “Half Moon," an original from pianist Adrean Farrugia, is reminiscent of the popular work of Chuck Mangione. Goode states the theme and chases all the clouds away before Watts enters to echo the theme and stretch out ...

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Brad Goode, Brad Turner and More New Releases

Read "Brad Goode, Brad Turner and More New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week we feature excellent new albums by Brad Goode, Brad Turner, Gregory Rivkin and Samuel Blais alongside some other new releases and archive picks. Playlist Brad Goode Quintet “Half Moon" from That's Right (Origin Records) 00:00 Brad Turner “Ups and Downs" from Pacific (Cellar Live) 09:34 Gregory Rivkin “Portrait of Elvin" from A Certain Attitude (Vitaly Manevich / LemonJuice Studio) 16:52 Samuel Blais “Imitation Game" from Equilibrium (Odd Sound) 23:17 Bobby Hutcherson “Don Is" from Enjoy ...

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Album Review

Brad Goode: That's Right!

Read "That's Right!" reviewed by Jim Trageser


With a fat, rich tone somewhere between French classical trumpeter Maurice André and the flugelhorn of Chuck Mangione, Brad Goode has the ultimate calling card for a jazz player: An immediately recognizable sound. The fact that he's also got an upper register to rival Maynard Ferguson makes Goode one of the most underknown of jazz players. Joined by the great Ernie Watts on tenor sax, and a solid rhythm section of Adrean Farrugia (piano), Kelly Sill (bass) and ...

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Album Review

Brad Goode: Montezuma

Read "Montezuma" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


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 ...

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Album Review

Brad Goode: Chicago Red

Read "Chicago Red" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


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 ...

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Album Review

Brad Goode: Tight Like This

Read "Tight Like This" reviewed by Nic Jones


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. ...

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Album Review

Brad Goode: Tight Like This

Read "Tight Like This" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


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 ...


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