Goldberg emerges larger than life as a premier progressive jazz
clarinetist, wise beyond his years, and savvy in making original music
with a sensual nature.
Alongside brass player Ron Miles and guitarist Charlie Hunter, Goldberg has a band that can slink around melodies and suggest more than they are playing from a deep, emotional level. Scott Amendola's
sparse, loose, and implicative drumming adds further to their concept,
with the music showing ethnic underpinnings not far removed from
Goldberg's work with Tin Hat.
Recorded in the studio, the tuneful "TGO" infuses tango with New
Orleans flavors, with "Heads & Tails" and "Inevitable" upping the
mystery quotient exponentially. Included are four live tracks at the
Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, CA, with Hunter's
resonant and pronounced guitar taking the up bulk of space during "Root
& Branch," while a more bluesy stance from the seven-string
electric guitarist comes out in processed sounds for "Isosceles," less
so on the deliberate, light funk of "Papermaker."
continues to develop unique voicings on the cornet or G-trumpet, while
Goldberg's facile, lithe, attractive clarinet never wavers from track
to track as one of the more substantive representatives in new
jazz-influenced music, and they sound incredible together every step of
the way. Go Home is a recording to be sought and savored, a
memorable musical experience for both creative music listeners and the
modern mainstream alike.