Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

458

Ben Goldberg: Go Home

John Kelman By

Sign in to view read count
Between the rather eclectic and enigmatic The Door, The Chair, The Hat, The Fact (Cryptogramophone, 2006) and Plays Monk (Long Song, 2007), his characteristically idiosyncratic and unorthodox trio take on the music of Thelonious Monk, clarinetist Ben Goldberg continues to expand his broad musical interests, heard in earlier groups including Tin Hat and New Klezmer Trio. Few American artists other than Don Byron and Perry Robinson have focused so exclusively on this small wooden reed instrument, and while Goldberg's left-of-center concerns sometimes mirror Robinson's, he's equally influenced by more youthful concerns, a differentiator made all the more obvious on Go Home.



The Door, The Chair was a largely more cerebral affair; Go Home is no less thought-out, but with Amendola and 7-String guitar wiz Charlie Hunter onboard, it's a disc that grooves with serious intent and attitude. In addition to playing together in Hunter's mid-1990s quartet, Amendola and Hunter created an edgy, aggressive, yet strangely finessed rhythm section in T.J. Kirk—the unlikely musical trifecta of Monk, James Brown and Rahsaan Roland Kirk that released two vastly overlooked studio albums including the Grammy-nominated If Four Was One (Warner Bros. 1996). Here, with cornetist/trumpeter Ron Miles added to the mix, Goldberg has fashioned a lean, mean quartet capable of anything—from the New Orleans Second Line groove of the blues-tinged "TGO" to the harder, rock-edged "Wazee."



The grooves aren't all booty shaking, however. "Lace" is a dark, oblique ballad that, with Hunter's gritty tone and tremolo, enters roots territory until Goldberg and Miles begin to solo in spare, idiosyncratic tandem—Bill Frisellian, to some extent, and no stretch given the guitarist's influence on Hunter's early days and Miles' ongoing musical relationship on the road and on albums including History, Mystery (Nonesuch, 2008). "Head and Tails" is equally brooding, with Miles' plangent tone and engaged intuition leading to a solo from Goldberg that's just as economical, and just as compelling.



Four of Go Home's ten original songs were recorded live in Mill Valley, California, not far from Berkeley, where the Denver-born Goldberg has lived for many years. There's a little extra energy, especially on the rocking "Ethan's Song," where Hunter takes another of his head-scratching "how does he do it" solos where it's almost impossible to imagine that one player is playing bass and guitar parts simultaneously, except that interplay is all the more empathic, given this is truly a duo of one. "Isosceles" begins with a groove straight out of The Temptations' "My Girl," but quickly opens up into something freer, with Amendola's loose and flexible support and solos from both Miles and Goldberg that are amongst the set's best. Amendola is featured on the sketch-driven "Papermaker," with a solo that closes the album on a high note.



With each new entry in his gradually expanding discography, Goldberg is finding new ways to combine a multiplicity of musical interests. Eclectic and loose, but with grooves that will make believers out of even the most improv-averse, Go Home is the perfect combination of music for the head, the heart...and the feet.


Track Listing: TGO; Wazee; Lace; Root and Branch; Head and Tails; Ethan's Song; Inevitable; Isosceles; Reparation; Papermaker.

Personnel: Ben Goldberg: clarinet; Charlie Hunter: 7-String guitar; Scott Amendola: drums; Ron Miles: cornet, G trumpet.

Title: Go Home | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: BAG Production

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Orphic Machine

Orphic Machine

Bag Production Records
2015

buy
Go Home

Go Home

BAG Production
2010

buy
Go Home

Go Home

BAG Production
2009

buy

Related Articles

Read Everything's OK CD/LP/Track Review
Everything's OK
by Doug Collette
Published: December 16, 2018
Read Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically CD/LP/Track Review
Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones...
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 16, 2018
Read Legacy CD/LP/Track Review
Legacy
by Doug Collette
Published: December 16, 2018
Read Other Life Forms CD/LP/Track Review
Other Life Forms
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 16, 2018
Read Live At Moods CD/LP/Track Review
Live At Moods
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 16, 2018
Read Runner in the Rain CD/LP/Track Review
Runner in the Rain
by Troy Dostert
Published: December 15, 2018
Read "Vol II" CD/LP/Track Review Vol II
by Geno Thackara
Published: May 21, 2018
Read "A Humdrum Star" CD/LP/Track Review A Humdrum Star
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 9, 2018
Read "Dreamstruck" CD/LP/Track Review Dreamstruck
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 20, 2018
Read "Rush" CD/LP/Track Review Rush
by Chris Mosey
Published: December 30, 2017
Read "Don't Look Down" CD/LP/Track Review Don't Look Down
by Paul Rauch
Published: March 1, 2018
Read "Nightconcert" CD/LP/Track Review Nightconcert
by Peter Hoetjes
Published: October 27, 2018