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Adventurous mainstream jazz need not be cast from the same old stuff we've been listening to for 50 years. Larry Goldings ensures that tradition remains solid, as the backbone for everything he creates. However, with Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart, he pushes the envelope beyond the point where many of today's leaders remain satisfied. Goldings ensures that jazz won't become stagnant. Even lovely classic tunes such as 'This Guy's In Love With You' and 'Spring Is Here' receive a partial facelift. The trio smokes. And yet, their allegiance to mainstream jazz never falters. Bernstein is a lyrical guitarist who interprets unspoken words through nuance. Stewart brings to the session a light touch and firm foundation. Goldings employs distinctive changes in volume and intensity for effect. Together, the trio reaches out to connect with its audience in natural fashion. For his fifth recording with this band, Goldings has decided to infuse several selections with eerie science fiction thoughts. 'Chorale,' 'Come In and Pray,' 'Sweet Science' and 'Lookout' each contain a few reminders. But it's not an album themed for one specific element. The session includes funk and fun, loose ensemble interplay and highly creative solo passages.
Track Listing: Asimov; Sweet Science; Solid Jack; Lookout; This Guy's In Love With You; Chorale; Pegasus; Gnomesville; Spring Is Here; Come In and Pray.
Personnel: Larry Goldings- organ; Peter Bernstein- guitar; Bill Stewart- drums.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.