Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
214

Larry Goldings: In My Room

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count Views
Larry Goldings: In My Room Sentimentality gets a raw deal in the eyes of many a jazz fan and journalist. Somewhere along the line, a lot of artists began indulging in overwrought expressions of emotion in an effort to artificially enhance their work with a sense of depth that might not truly exist, but that shouldn't taint the very idea of sentimentality in song. Pianist Larry Goldings' In My Room is the perfect example of music that thrives on small doses of the sentimental, and is all the better for it.

Goldings' nostalgia-laced program of solo performances mixes pure slices of old-time Americana, like Stephen Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer" and "Take Me Out To The Ballgame," into a musical potpourri containing Broadway ("Maybe," from 1977's Annie), Abdullah Ibrahim ("The Wedding"), Brian Wilson ("In My Room"), Joni Mitchell ("All I Want"), and more.

Goldings distills the music down to its melodic essence, getting to the emotional core of the music with complete honesty and integrity. While a certain sense of solitude lives and lingers within a good number of these performances, the program isn't all cloud-covered in conception. Myriad moods are covered through Goldings' originals, as he contributes a cheery nod to New Orleans ("Crawdaddy") and prepared piano interludes that are graceful ("Interlude No. 1"), groovy ("Interlude No. 2") and spirited ("Interlude No. 3").

While those pieces point out the different moods he conjures throughout the album, his work can also capture the fragile emotional state that resides within many of the classic covers on this record. "All My Born Days" is sad, yet resolute, with an Irish traditional-meets-Randy Newman film score feel to it and "The Flower Song," coated with Hammond organ and accordion, points to blooming life with a music that's simplistic, yet satisfying in its beauty.

According to RB Goodman's liner notes, the concept behind this album was a simple one: "To position the listener as close to the creative process of the artist as possible with immediacy and lack of artifice...to sit beside Larry, in his room." Mission accomplished.


Track Listing: In My Room; Beautiful Dreamer; Crawdaddy; Interlude No. 1; Take Me Out To The Ballgame; The Flower Song; All I Want; Roach; Maybe; All My Born Days; Interlude No. 2; Everything Happens To Me; A Rose For Emily; Libre; Interlude No. 3; The Wedding; Interlude No. 4; Here, There And Everywhere.

Personnel: Larry Goldings: piano.

Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: BFM | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop For Jazz

CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Ramshackle Serenade
Ramshackle Serenade
Pirouet Records
2014
buy
When Larry Met Harry
When Larry Met Harry
Cafe Society
2011
buy
In My Room
In My Room
BFM
2011
buy
Quartet
Quartet
Palmetto Records
2006
buy
Sweet Science
Sweet Science
Palmetto Records
2002
buy
As One
As One
Palmetto Records
2001
buy
Bill Evans Bill Evans
piano
Michael Brecker Michael Brecker
sax, tenor
John Scofield John Scofield
guitar
Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith
organ, Hammond B3
Brad Mehldau Brad Mehldau
piano
Chris Potter Chris Potter
reeds
McCoy Tyner McCoy Tyner
piano
Joshua Redman Joshua Redman
saxophone

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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