Saturday, April 21, 2018

Jared Gold - Reemergence (Strikezone Records, 2018)

This is a fine album of accessible modern jazz, incorporating standards, pop songs, ballads and blues, in the classic organ jazz tradition of the music made by the likes of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young and Brother Jack McDuff. Jared Gold has made a name for himself on the Hammond B3 organ playing as a sideman for many prominent leaders, along with a developing a series of fine albums as a leader for the likes of Posi-Tone and other labels. He is joined on this album with an excellent support unit featuring Dave Stryker on guitar, and Billy Hart on drums with Jeremy Pelt sitting in on trumpet for three tracks. The setlist is nicely developed between standards like the George Gershwin compositions "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "How Long Has This Been Going On," pop song covers such as Stevie Wonder's "Lookin' for Another Pure Love" and "She's Leaving Home" by The Beatles. This is balanced by original compositions "Reemergence" and "One for John A" which is dedicated to the great guitarist John Abercrombie and a progressive jazz song in Ornette Coleman's "Blues Connotation." The album comes together quite nicely and it is an enjoyable hour of grooving, soulful jazz. Gold locks in quite well with the drum legend Hart and guitarist Stryker and they work the melodies of the songs with passion and the resulting improvisations are quite strong, both in terms of full band playing and individual solo statements. So, for those interested in modern mainstream jazz that is friendly and easy to listen to, they will find a lot to enjoy here. Reemergence -

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