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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 ...

RADIO

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!

WHAT IS JAZZ?

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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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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Larry Goldings: Quartet

Read "Quartet" reviewed by John Kelman

Because he's placed so much emphasis on the organ in recent years--most notably his ongoing trio with guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Bill Stewart--it's easy to forget just how good a pianist Larry Goldings can be. Even though the two instruments share similar configurations, it's not inherently easy to transfer skills from one to the other. Witness how many guitarists are truly awful bassists, for example, despite the fact that the two instruments share four strings in common. When it ...

INTERVIEWS

Larry Goldings: Versatility of Keyboards... And Music

Read "Larry Goldings: Versatility of Keyboards... And Music" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Pianist/organist Larry Goldings is a player whose name has turned up more and more over the years on projects with some of the top names in the music business. His own projects, largely his organ trio, have always been artistic successes. He continues to stretch, exploring opportunities to grow and explore his varied music interests. He's still being called by top-flight musicians to join a tour, or a recording session, and at the same time Goldings keeps ...

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Larry Goldings: Quartet

Read "Quartet" reviewed by David Miller

In the span of his relatively young career, Larry Goldings has run the gamut of styles from mainstream jazz to R&B, sonic explorations, and pop. With Quartet, he stays for the most part within the mainstream. But even within that mode, the record is unusual and unique for the eclectic blend of Goldings' interests and influences. Sticking primarily to the piano (Goldings is most well-known for his organ chops), he includes tunes by everyone from Björk and Monk to Gabriel ...

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Larry Goldings: Quartet

Read "Quartet" reviewed by Jim Santella

Pianist Larry Goldings delivers modern jazz as true art, folding in classical music with traditional jazz themes and interpreting them sincerely. With trumpeter John Sneider, his quartet expresses soulful melodies and surrounds them with beautiful textures. Everything falls into place naturally, and the pianist ensures that not one ounce is wasted on glamour or glitz.

With “Hesitation Blues, he's captured the original spirit that W.C. Handy handed down to us with the birth of the blues. With “Valsinha, ...

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The Larry Goldings Trio: Sweet Science

Read "Sweet Science" reviewed by Jack Bowers

An organ-led session by a trio of (relatively) young lions who downplay the pyrotechnics usually associated with such groups in favor of perceptive interplay. Organist Larry Goldings cooks but over a lower flame than, say, Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco or newcomer Tony Monaco. He and guitarist Peter Bernstein are locked onto each other's radar screen while drummer Bill Stewart keeps everything in motion with a variety of rhythmic appliances from brushes to bass drum. Goldings, who's also a fine pianist, ...