If variety is on your wish list, you will find a lot to like on Standard-ized!
, New York-based trombonist Eric Goletz
's third album in three years. Group size and makeup are seldom the same, Goletz's charts traverse new realms, there are special guests to enhance the proceedings, and Goletz even enlists a six-piece string "orchestra" on several numbers.
The strings accompany one of the guests, vocalist LaJuan Carter
, on the Nat King Cole
chart-topper, "Nature Boy," and Michel Legrand
's "Windmills of Your Mind," and Goletz on Legrand's "The Summer Knows." The second guest is soprano saxophonist Don Braden
who shines and smokes on Charlie Parker
's "Now's the Time" and a pair of Horace Silver
compositions, "Nutville" and "Mayreh." Goletz leads his core quartet on the Broadway standard "Just in Time" and George Gershwin
's "Summertime," trios on Stanley Turrentine
's "Sugar" and Stevie Wonder
's "Overjoyed," sextets on Juan Tizol
's "Caravan," Silver's "Jungle Juice" and a second version of "Now's the Time," which closes the album as the earlier reading opened it.
Braden makes it a septet on his three numbers, each of which is upbeat and swinging. Goletz shows his remarkable technique there, as he does elsewhere, keeping pace with Braden note for note and showing his guest no quarter. Pianist Jim Ridl
is another impressive soloist, as he affirms on "Just in Time," "Mayreh," "Summertime" and other numbers, while guitarist Henry Heinitsch
sparkles on "Train Shuffle." With Ridl, bassist Brian Glassman
and drummer Steve Johns
in charge, the rhythm is in capable hands. As for Carter, she sings with emotion but is otherwise less than special. A better-than-average session, amplified by disparate ingredients, a generally admirable playlist, earnest blowing by all hands, and the singular virtuosity of Goletz and Braden.
Now’s the Time; Just in Time; Caravan; Nutville; Nature Boy; Train Shuffle; Jungle Juice;
Mayreh; The Summer Knows; Summertime; Sugar; Windmills of Your Mind; Overjoyed;
Now’s the Time (outro).
For the Love of Jazz
All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.
You Can Help
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles
for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today