AARON GOLDBERG AND GUILLERMO KLEIN, BIENESTAN

A novel collaboration between the esteemed pianist Aaron Goldberg and critically acclaimed composer/arranger Guillermo Klein, who also plays Fender Rhodes, “Bienestan” (Sunnyside Records) intrigues as a meeting of the musical minds and blows you away with its sonic magnetism. Named for a mythical country where their music could have originated, Goldberg and Klein offer a musical potpourri of sorts, including reworked standards (a stunning “All The Things You Are”) and a couple of Charlie Parker tunes including a wonderfully Bizarro version of “Moose The Mooche” (that makes you think "is it real or Memorex?") Bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland pony up their magical accompaniment at will – they’re technically flawless and full of heart -- along with guest saxophonists Miguel Zenon and Chris Cheek. Some tunes come across as fascinating fragments (“Implacable” and “Airport Fugue”) while two versions of “Mahna De Carnaval” are respectively dream-like and soulful. The whole enterprise is inexplicably hip and you feel as if you’ve been specially invited to listen in. (13 tracks; 57:22 minutes) 

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JAZZ IN SPACE: AARON GOLDBERG AND GUILLERMO KLEIN, BIENESTAN

Sunday, September 11, 2011

AARON GOLDBERG AND GUILLERMO KLEIN, BIENESTAN

A novel collaboration between the esteemed pianist Aaron Goldberg and critically acclaimed composer/arranger Guillermo Klein, who also plays Fender Rhodes, “Bienestan” (Sunnyside Records) intrigues as a meeting of the musical minds and blows you away with its sonic magnetism. Named for a mythical country where their music could have originated, Goldberg and Klein offer a musical potpourri of sorts, including reworked standards (a stunning “All The Things You Are”) and a couple of Charlie Parker tunes including a wonderfully Bizarro version of “Moose The Mooche” (that makes you think "is it real or Memorex?") Bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland pony up their magical accompaniment at will – they’re technically flawless and full of heart -- along with guest saxophonists Miguel Zenon and Chris Cheek. Some tunes come across as fascinating fragments (“Implacable” and “Airport Fugue”) while two versions of “Mahna De Carnaval” are respectively dream-like and soulful. The whole enterprise is inexplicably hip and you feel as if you’ve been specially invited to listen in. (13 tracks; 57:22 minutes) 

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