263

Ben Goldberg: Go Home

By

Sign in to view read count
A comfortable familiarity permeates Go Home, the latest project from veteran clarinetist Ben Goldberg and the first offering from his Bag Production Records. Culled from both studio and live cuts, these feel-good romps suggest the intimacy of a jam session. He enlists longtime collaborators Charlie Hunter on seven-string guitar, Ron Miles on trumpet and cornet and Scott Amendola on drums, and their easy rapport fosters the music's success.

Trafficking in meaty mid- and slow-cooking tempos, the group is never in a rush. Brass and reed introduce "TGO"; entering by turns, Hunter and Amendola patiently build a beat under Goldberg's first flight, the guitarist comping and providing the bass line in his inimitable style. He locks in with Amendola to create a driving pulse for the catchy unison horns of "Wazee" and is the featured soloist, before Goldberg and Miles trade spirited phrases. On "Root and Branch," a live track, Goldberg unleashes a steady flow of ideas with high-note punctuations amid swirling lines, which Miles counters with stately suspended tones. Sometimes complementary, sometimes contrasting, the two engage effectively.

"Ethan's Song" begins atmospheric and sparse, until the horns unfurl a sprightly line, inducing another funky Amendola groove. It propels a twangy Hunter run wrapped around his slick bass flourish, with the horns eventually embarking on a street-band-like exchange. The minimal theme of "Isosceles" leaves copious room for improvisation and Miles crafts a tuneful story with dynamic range, embellished by Amendola's dramatic flurries. The formal unison horn introduction of "Reparation" features bright notes and a chamber-esque tone, with Goldberg and then Miles taking lyrical solos. It abruptly changes when the drums and guitar rock a pulsing backbeat and quicker pace, eliciting another round of horn sparring.

The relaxed and unpretentious vibe of Go Home is an inviting and auspicious start for Goldberg's newest venture.

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 and G trumpet.

Title: Go Home | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: BAG Production


Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Interview
CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

More Articles

Read Harmony of Difference CD/LP/Track Review Harmony of Difference
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 18, 2017
Read No Answer CD/LP/Track Review No Answer
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 18, 2017
Read Agrima CD/LP/Track Review Agrima
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 18, 2017
Read Bright Yellow with Bass CD/LP/Track Review Bright Yellow with Bass
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 18, 2017
Read Kurrent CD/LP/Track Review Kurrent
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: October 17, 2017
Read Duets CD/LP/Track Review Duets
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: October 17, 2017
Read "Happy All the Time" CD/LP/Track Review Happy All the Time
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 12, 2016
Read "The 3Dom Factor: Live in Krakow" CD/LP/Track Review The 3Dom Factor: Live in Krakow
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 3, 2017
Read "From the Heart" CD/LP/Track Review From the Heart
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: December 20, 2016
Read "For Free" CD/LP/Track Review For Free
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: February 13, 2017
Read "Petite Afrique" CD/LP/Track Review Petite Afrique
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 29, 2017
Read "The Roc" CD/LP/Track Review The Roc
by Geno Thackara
Published: May 6, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.