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Brandon Goldberg: Let's Play

Read "Let's Play" reviewed by Don Phipps

Can a 12-year old pianist offer up the emotional depth necessary to handle tunes like Duke Ellington's “In a Sentimental Mood," Matt Dennis's “Angel Eyes," or Thelonious Monk's “Well You Needn't?" The answer appears to be yes, and then some. Brandon Goldberg's exciting album, Let's Play, reveals that a young man can not only convey emotional context within his playing, but demonstrates his ability to create new and innovative arrangements of standards (and non-standards like the Lennon-McCartney “Blackbird") and embellish ...

JAZZ JOURNAL

Spring 2019

Read "Spring 2019" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Brandon Goldberg Let's Play Self Produced 2019 Brandon Goldberg's debut album offers proof positive that Joey Alexander is not the only piano prodigy working in the contemporary jazz field today. But the young man with his name ...

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Arturo Sandoval, Bill Evans, Bobby Watson & More

Read "Arturo Sandoval, Bill Evans, Bobby Watson & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

With a rising star in the world of jazz, we begin episode 596. Miami-based 13-year old piano prodigy Brandon Goldberg does the honors with a cut from his debut CD Let's Play. From there, we probe into his influences with some cuts from Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans. We look into the world and magic of Arturo Sandoval on the heels of his tour swing through jny: Kansas City in April of 2019. Then, we look at the very busy ...