I have a few connecting dates available for LARRY GOLDINGS / PETER BERNSTEIN / BILL STEWART :
CALIFORNIA: 23, 24 september 2013
EUROPE: 14, 15 December 2013
If you are interested, please, contact me.
Below two great recent reviews of the SOLD-OUT concerts at Ronnie Scott's in London, UK last month and far below some links:
Financial Times, 13 January 2013:
Larry Goldings’ organ trio started out 20 years ago, tweaking a classic idiom in Smalls, a New York basement jazz club. Now each musician combines high-profile tours and session work with their own band-leading projects. Goldings is based in LA – he has played piano with singer-songwriter James Taylor since 2001 and has a growing list of film credits – while guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Bill Stewart are equally in demand in New York.
But they always manage to squeeze a dozen or so gigs a year into their busy working schedules, and clearly relish the chance to deliver the no-nonsense grooves and subtle interplay, crisp beats and flowing solos that the organ trio form demands. At this packed-house gig, they delivered hard-swinging modernism and funky boogaloos, lush ballads and lounge-lizard blues with the informality of old friends making up for lost time – there were even brief between-numbers discussions about which tune to play next.
Once in gear, though, the band played with the intensity and creative spark to enthral as well as excite. Goldings and Bernstein have a seemingly telepathic sense of each other’s sounds and textures, while Stewart’s steady pulse comes with a sharp supportive chatter. As a unit, they balance a warm heart with percussive bite, and sound terrific.
Neither set strayed too far from organ-trio orthodoxy. The first opened with a hard-boiled swinger, the second with a loping swish of brushes. Both featured a mid-set ballad – a rare Jobim waltz, “Beleza”, in the first, “Stairway to the Stars” in the second. There were sensuous fades and funky beats, dazzling trades and the constant ebb and flow of tension and release.
But this was no retread of well-worn themes. Long solos flowed with purpose and were laced with the blues, but here they were supported by a fine mesh of harmonic intrigue and whiplash cracks from Stewart’s snare. And each tune had a highlight surprise – an odd whirligig organ intro on Rod Argent’s “Time of the Season”; Stewart rolling seamlessly round his kit on “The Acrobat”; Bernstein’s singing tone turning to grit on the finale, a down-and-dirty boogaloo called “The Dragonfly”. After some coaxing, they returned for a final modernist romp on Hank Mobley’s “Breakthrough”. By Mike Hobart.
The Guardian, 13 January 2013:
Hammond-organ jazz trios aren't supposed to sound tasteful – the default adjectives for this popular 1950s-minted lineup are soulful, sermonising, sweaty, maybe sexy. But though Boston organist Larry Goldings's trio plays in a more restrained manner than those of such famous predecessors as Jimmy Smith, this widely admired soloist, composer and accompanist (Christina Aguilera, Tracy Chapman and Madeleine Peyroux have hired him) plays a subtler kind of Hammond jazz for a more eclectic musical era.
Goldings is partnered by guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Bill Stewart – the latter an implacably focused performer who mixes stretches of steady groove-marking with jostling snare-fills and gunshot offbeats that can make you spill your drink. The trio opened its second night at Ronnie Scott's with Jim Jam (Goldings' lithe, melody-entwining swinger dedicated to guitar legend Jim Hall) and followed it with Time of the Season by the Zombies' Rod Argent, which began as a glistening, delicate rumination for the organ's treble alone, before a choppy mid-tempo riff brought the rest of the band in, to loud cheers. Goldings' melodic imagination is easy to miss, because he often delivers his most unexpected departures at a murmur, but his left-hand inventions below a quiet upper-register trill complimented Argent's song, and emphasised how personal his style is.
Luisa, by Antônio Carlos Jobim, was tenderly unwrapped by Bernstein on guitar, and the standard Will You Still Be Mine took off over a flying bassline from Goldings. The classic, Wurlitzer-like roar of a Hammond fully unleashed was reserved for the close of a lazily stalking blues that Bernstein dominated with sparing power, and Stewart kept on the boil with venomous inventiveness. Goldings' trio tends to stretch out a welcoming hand, rather than erupt in listeners faces as many organ bands do, but there are plenty of payoffs for those who accept the invitation.By John Fordham.
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The Legendary Organ Trio
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