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 a field day at the 88s and Kenny Goldberg certainly is a study in consistency. His mastery of the horns is evident in every solo. Jeff Falkner works magic on his bass in the background.
This recording will satisfy music professionals and make the intellectual jazz listener chirp with joy. I must confess, while looking both ways first, I love Stu Goldberg in the bopster mode. After all I have been stuck on 52nd Street all these years.
Track Listing: Morning Star, Pokhara, Anthem, Dedication, Being With You, Once Again, Westward Reach, Winter Clouds.
Personnel: Stu Goldberg: piano; Kenny Goldberg: saxes, flute; Jeff Falkner: bass;
Dave Renick: drums.
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith. We hung out at my Aunt Kate's Soul Food restaurant in Harlem after the matinees at the Apollo where I listened to their stories. I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician from then on. My mother wanted me to play piano, but my Aunt bought me a guitar. I've been playing ever since.
At my mother's early prompting, I first sang Blue Velvet at my Catholic elementary school...and all the nuns came running in and asked me to sing again, so I knew I must have sounded pretty good. I've been singing ever since.
I met Tony Bennett in Miami and he inspired me to return to New York. He was a great mentor.
The best show I ever attended is mpossible to say, I've seen so many great shows. From Tony Bennett to Pat Martino, Return to Forever to Weather Report...I've seen some great performances.
My advice to new listeners is don't let jazz intimidate you, the music has something for every listener and it is our American gift to the world.