35

Aaron Goldberg: At The Edge Of The World

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
One interesting aspect of this recording relates to eminent pianist Aaron Goldberg (Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joshua Redman) reuniting with cutting-edge drummer, Leon Parker in Paris. Back in the 1990s, the artists' connected for a gig, but Goldberg was initially indoctrinated to the drummer's performances with pianists, Jacky Terrasson, Brad Mehldau and other notables. But as the press release notes, Parker moved to France in 2001 and took a self-imposed sabbatical from playing. At the peak of his notoriety, he dropped out of the jazz scene, although this album duly rekindles his personalized methodology and keen ability to morph the drums into an improvisational instrument amid loquacious dialogues and trade-offs with Goldberg. Oh, and he's a near flawless timekeeper.

Goldberg has emerged as a major force in modern jazz. He possesses Art Tatum-like speed and dexterity, evidenced by whirling chord progressions and shimmering harmonic block chords while also integrating a light touch and temperance into the more sensitive spots. Hence, the trio launches the festivities with Simon and Bernier's "Poinciana," which was pianist Ahmad Jamal's signature piece. And it's a delightful rendering, complete with Parker's body tapping percussion cadence and wordless vocals that generate a bit of counterpoint to Goldberg's execution of the main theme. But towards the bridge Parker stirs it up via melodic tribal chants as the pianist etches the infectious melody with trickling notes in the upper registers.

The trio performs two of vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson's pieces, "Isn't This My Sound Around Me" and "When You Are Near." On the later, bassist Matt Penman's limber intro and Parker's subtly forceful brushes provide a streamlined pulse to coincide with Goldberg's gently swinging groove and buoyant lyricism: he dances across the keys, abetted by harmonic block chords and a bottom-up, top-down mode of attack. They also cover McCoy Tyner's "Effendi" with a medium-tempo swing groove and the pianist's gliding and dazzling work, complemented by his reverse-engineering and call and response breaks with Parker, and "Black Orpheus (Manha de Carnaval)" serves as a strong improvisational vehicle as Goldberg reimagines the tuneful hook. Not only is the well-travelled Goldberg at the edge of the world, he's also at the top of his game here.

Track Listing: Poinciana; Luaty; Isn't This My Sound Around Me; When You Are Near; Effendi; En La Orilla Del Mundo; Black Orpheus (Manha de Carnaval); Tokyo Dream.

Personnel: Aaron Goldberg: piano; Matt Penman: bass; Leon Parker: drums, vocal percussion & embodirhythm.

Title: At the Edge of the World | Year Released: 2019 | Record Label: Sunnyside Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Album Reviews
Radio
Album Reviews
Live From Philadelphia
Interviews
Album Reviews
Live Reviews
Album Reviews
Interviews
Album Reviews
Read more articles
At the Edge of the World

At the Edge of the...

Sunnyside Records
2019

buy
The Now

The Now

Sunnyside Records
2015

buy
Yes!

Yes!

Sunnyside Records
2012

buy
Bienestan

Bienestan

Sunnyside Records
2011

buy
Home

Home

Sunnyside Records
2010

buy
 

More to Come

Le Steak at Fillmore East
2009

buy

Upcoming Shows

Related Articles

Read LP1 Album Reviews
LP1
By Dan Bilawsky
June 17, 2019
Read The Garden Of Earthly Delights Album Reviews
The Garden Of Earthly Delights
By Friedrich Kunzmann
June 17, 2019
Read Groove Machine Album Reviews
Groove Machine
By Don Phipps
June 17, 2019
Read Life in the Modern World Album Reviews
Life in the Modern World
By Nicholas F. Mondello
June 17, 2019
Read Live at I.C.U.U. Album Reviews
Live at I.C.U.U.
By Karl Ackermann
June 16, 2019
Read 789 Miles Album Reviews
789 Miles
By David A. Orthmann
June 16, 2019
Read Follow Me Album Reviews
Follow Me
By Roger Farbey
June 16, 2019