BRAD GOODE, TIGHT LIKE THIS

A swift and inventive trumpeter, Brad Goode’s “Tight Like This” is a straight-ahead, take-no-prisoners kind of session. It’s the Chicago native’s fourth recording for Delmark, a persevering jazz and blues label that gallantly supports unsung jazzers like Goode. Here, with pianist Adrean Farrugia, bassist Kelly Sill and drummer Anthony Lee, the trumpeter reinvents the title tune originally recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1928 with a feel-good groove that won’t let go. “Tight Like This” shows that Goode is an ebullient storyteller who weaves vibrant melodies (“The River”) with adroit phrasing and, by mixing up his clutch originals with underplayed standards, he creates a kinetic listening experience.  Pianist Farrugia nearly steals the show, but Goode knows when to yield space (“Climbing Out”) and when to take back the spotlight. Highly recommended. (11 tracks; 58:12 minutes)  www.delmark.com
         

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JAZZ IN SPACE: BRAD GOODE, TIGHT LIKE THIS

Saturday, January 1, 2011

BRAD GOODE, TIGHT LIKE THIS

A swift and inventive trumpeter, Brad Goode’s “Tight Like This” is a straight-ahead, take-no-prisoners kind of session. It’s the Chicago native’s fourth recording for Delmark, a persevering jazz and blues label that gallantly supports unsung jazzers like Goode. Here, with pianist Adrean Farrugia, bassist Kelly Sill and drummer Anthony Lee, the trumpeter reinvents the title tune originally recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1928 with a feel-good groove that won’t let go. “Tight Like This” shows that Goode is an ebullient storyteller who weaves vibrant melodies (“The River”) with adroit phrasing and, by mixing up his clutch originals with underplayed standards, he creates a kinetic listening experience.  Pianist Farrugia nearly steals the show, but Goode knows when to yield space (“Climbing Out”) and when to take back the spotlight. Highly recommended. (11 tracks; 58:12 minutes)  www.delmark.com
         

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