Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Brad Goode - Tight Like This (Delmark, 2010)

Trumpeter Brad Goode began playing music at an early age, and has been at it ever since, whether leading, playing as a sideman or teaching students. This album is a crisp quartet session, with Goode as the only horn in the lineup, supported by Adrean Farrugia on piano, Kelly Sill on bass and Anthony Lee on drums. The music is genuinely accessible and begins with a version of Louis Armstrong's "Tight Like This" that sets the tone for the album, as funky bass and strong trumpet take center stage. Another song from the early days of jazz follows, "Changes," with Goode achieving a buttery and mannered mid-tempo trumpet pace. The piano led trio ups the ante during their interlude and Goode responds with some strong and punchy playing of his own. Lee sets a nice rhythmic feel on "Nightingale" laying a foundation for pinched trumpet and a patient bass solo. "Reaching for the Moon" has a deeply burnished trumpet tone, building classy and clear over the full band, while "Reverse the Charges" grows fast and potent from the strong and insistent trio playing. The Goode original "Midwestern Autumn" has a slow and ruminative feel, featuring solo piano then muted trumpet, while the bass keeps deep thick time. "Climbing Out" changes the nature of the music as Goode sets forth on a fluttering and flying solo that has a boppish feel over light and tight drumming and sparks of piano. "Bob's Bounce," another original, keeps the pace high with confident and muscular playing before the group ends the album with a lyrical version of the standard "Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise." This was a solid and enjoyable album of mainstream jazz, Goode and his fellow musicians were quite accomplished and forthright in their performances, never grandstanding or overplaying needlessly. The mix of standards and originals and the accessibility of the music's melodic and lyrical content should make it appeal to fans of mainstream jazz. Tight Like This -

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