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Larry Goldings / Peter Bernstein / Bill Stewart: Toy Tunes

Read "Toy Tunes" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Just look at the cover art--the swirl of colors, the bodies drawn to the eye as misshapen designs, the beauteous blotches, the sturdy rhythms of angularity. In some ways it's almost inconceivable to imagine all of that acting as one, yet these images form a perfectly perceivable whole--a picture that feels like home yet sits in its own space, artfully different yet accessible and inviting. It's a perfect parallel for the work of these three master musicians, collectively viewed as ...

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Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Bill Stewart Live @ BIMHUIS

Read "Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Bill Stewart Live @ BIMHUIS" reviewed by BIMHUIS

For the second installment of BIMHUIS Radio on All About Jazz we present the full recording of the recent concert by Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein & Bill Stewart held at BIMHUIS, in Amsterdam, on 31 May 2018. You'll hear a brilliant melting pot of groove, melody and swing by three phenomenal jazz heavyweights on Hammond organ, electric guitar and drums who have been playing as a trio for 30 years. Happy listening!

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Jazz, Suffering, and Meaning

Read "Jazz, Suffering, and Meaning" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis

“Primary progressive aphasia" was a disease I had not heard until March of 2014. Now it is darkly stained into my life, since it is the form of dementia that afflicts my wife, Rebecca Merrill Groothuis. As Rebecca and I walk down this road, we are not alone. We have our church, our friends, and our God to walk with us and help carry our load. One of God's gifts to me is jazz, which helps me stumble on without ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart: Ramshackle Serenade

Read "Ramshackle Serenade" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Few artistic partnerships are as delightfully durable as the trio of organist Larry Goldings, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and drummer Bill Stewart. These men have often recorded under the moniker of the “Larry Goldings Trio" over the past two-plus decades, but this has never been a band to favor one player over another. Each man has always owned equal shares in this group--demonstrated on strong showings like The Intimacy Of The Blues (Verve, 1991), Moonbird (Palmetto, 1999), and Sweet Science (Palmetto, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Larry Goldings: In My Room

Read "In My Room" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Larry Goldings and Harry Allen: When Larry Met Harry

Read "When Larry Met Harry" reviewed by Greg Simmons

There is always a place in the world for beautifully played jazz, where the saxophonist doesn't sound like he's trying to inflict pain on his horn, and the pianist just hits all the right notes. Tenor player Harry Allen and his keyboard partner, Larry Goldings, are the musicians, and the album is When Larry Met Harryl. Of the twelve tracks on the record, eight were penned by Goldings, which is noteworthy because they would sound right at ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Bill Stewart: Keynote Speakers; Larry Goldings: Quartet

Read "Bill Stewart: Keynote Speakers; Larry Goldings: Quartet" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Bill Stewart Trio Keynote Speakers Bill Stewart Music 2006

The trio of instruments on Keynote Speakers is quite unconventional, with keyboardists Larry Goldings and Kevin Hays bookending Bill Stewart's drums. On the opening tune, “Good Goat, Goldings sprints on the Hammond and Hays grooves on the electric piano without stepping on each other's notes. Goldings paints with soulful colors on the bluesy “How Long Is Jazz? with Hays comping admirably on piano ...


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