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With his trio's fifth release, Hammond B-3 ace Larry Goldings supplies further evidence that this band is among the finest working units in jazz! The musicians perform with the exactitude of a highly focused chamber outfit, amid the loose grooves of an excitable organ combo. There's a distinct synergy in the air when this band struts its stuff! For example, listen to how Goldings parallels guitarist Peter Bernstein's elegant lines with lower register tonalities and his rhythmic tapping on the organ pedals. Meanwhile, drummer Bill Stewart handles the pulse with the free-flowing aplomb of what one might hear in a Texas roadhouse band. Nuance, restraint, and meaningful employment of dynamics substantiate the trio's sense of swing and personality. They render a supple and lightly swing rendition of the Bachrach/David hit "This Guy's In Love With You," while Goldings' modified C2 Hammond organ features immaculate sonic characteristics throughout. Especially, during his upper register lines on the wittily constructed, "Gnomesville." On this piece, Goldings augments his flute like sounds with a left hand ostinato and discordant choruses. In addition, the band mixes it up with spots of free-jazz and airy EFX treatments, although the coda is reminiscent of something out of the "Emerson, Lake & Palmer" songbook. All in good fun, we may add! Feverishly recommended.
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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