geshSMOC’s taste of the week (9.19.08)

Aaron Goldberg Trio
label: Sunnyside

For satisfied customers of: The Bad Plus, Pat Methany, and Joshua Redman.

Commitment, diversity, and versatility – a trio of triumph in jazz.

Acoustic jazz treats are best served chilled, and the Aaron Goldberg Trio‘s latest entree’ Worlds is no exception. After our interview at the Newport Jazz Festival, Aaron was kind enough to give us a taste of what he felt would best suit new listeners like myself, and for the record, the chef sure knows his recipes. Students and teachers alike knee deep in getting their feet wet with the new school year by this time (like myself, arguably on both counts) will be soothed easily by the beautifully balanced take on Brazilian composer Djavan’s “Lambada de Serpente.” For a true taste of this inseparable ensemble’s mettle, though, try to tame the jarring piano and percussion riffs in “Unstablemates” (a reinvention of Benny Golson’s “Stablemates”) before taking a trip with “Salvador,” whose recurring jaunty rhythm and jive could have easily sold soundtrack gold for a good old 90’s Saturday morning cartoon with its tension and recurring theme.

Settle the “Unstablemates” now and explore “Salvador” NOW with the Shemspeed Player!

NOTE: The Shemspeed Player will always serve the freshest course of the taste, so if you’re catching up with leftovers, skip ahead a few tracks to find your just desserts.

Bottom Line: Patient listeners will find several Worlds to chill out and be mesmerized to with any trick the Aaron Goldberg Trio has up its sleeve.

Choice Cuts for Radio: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9.


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