LARRY GOLDINGS – Quartet – Larry Goldings, et al. – Palmetto Records

by | Nov 3, 2007 | Jazz CD Reviews | 0 comments

LARRY GOLDINGS – Quartet – Larry Goldings, et al. – Palmetto Records PM 2115, 58:01 *** 1/2:

(Larry Goldings- piano, B-3 organ and accordion; John Sneider – trumpet, cornet; Ben Allison – bass; Matt Wilson – drums, percussion; Madeline Peyroux – vocals on Hesitation Blues)
                                  
A new CD by Larry Goldings is always good news and cause for curiosity. Is he continuing to lead explorations of the jazz organ trio, heavier funk as he has played with Maceo Parker or John Scofield, or free jazz on the piano ? 

His latest release, Quartet, is his current working band with John Sneider on trumpet and Goldings playing mostly piano. Two or three minutes into the first song I was pleasantly surprised to notice that the group is playing in the spirit of the great Miles Davis group of the sixties (with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, et al). Clearly, these musicians have been inspired by that band, yet do not copy them. The band simultaneously exhibits strong drive and ethereal openness, as well as sophistication with real honesty. Happily, they’ve got the skill and depth to create and communicate with their own musical personalities coming through.
 
Larry Goldings versatility is in full swing throughout. Track 1, Singsong, is one of several songs that were written right in the studio. Goldings was turned on by something bassist Ben Allison had been playing during a break. They put it together and immediately recorded this playful hip piece. Au bord de l’eau is their version of a composition by 20th century classical composer Faure. It swings, with a very clever arrangement. A Thelonius Monk tune, Jackie-ing, is done up-tempo and straight ahead. You can tell it’s a Monk tune and you can tell it’s Larry Goldings playing it by his style. Hesitation Blues, with guest singer, Madeleine Peroux, is done with a real blues feel. Cocoon by techno rocker Bjork reminds me of Miles early electric records, like In a Silent Way. What a versatile band! Five of the songs are written by Goldings or the whole band. Dario and Bario is inspired by a Fellini movie about the circus, with its festive atmosphere. 

What versatility! And it all sounds like the Larry Goldings Quartet, loving music, being free, and playing with a lot of heart. They have depth and they infuse older compositions with the sound of today. I’m eager to hear his next CD!

TrackList:

  1. Singsong
  2. Au Bord De L’eau
  3. Valsinha
  4. The Wedding
  5. Hesitation Blues
  6. Jackie-ing
  7. Dario And Bario
  8. A Dream About Jackie Byard
  9. Cocoon
10. Hidalgo
11. Denouement
12. We Shall Overcome

— Sam Re
 

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