Stu Goldberg: Morning Star
Stu Goldberg (piano)
Dedication (Dedication Records 0142)
Stu Goldberg (piano),
Kenny Goldberg (flute, sax), Jeff Falkner (bass), Dave Renick (drums).
Composed by Stu Goldberg.
Recorded: Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, February 2002
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Stu Goldberg is truly one of the most accomplished and imaginative piano players we have. At home composing straight-ahead jazz pieces, classical, fusion, Indo-jazz numbers or music for television or films, Goldberg seems to know no boundaries. The same goes for his playing. He is just as likely to play classical piano, a Moog, organ or Indian percussion.
"Morning Star" is a swinging straight-ahead exercise. It finds Goldberg pushing the pedal down for a spatial piano introduction. He briefly plays a shuffle that paves the way for brother Kenny's skittering flute which exposes a lilting melody. K. Goldberg takes the first solo. Drummer Renick double-times it on him. K. Goldberg is very much up to the task. A blazing turn from S. Goldberg follows. Bassist Falkner gets his chance too and doesn't waste it. The theme returns. The morning star fades from view as the daylight has turned too bright. Let's listen again tomorrow.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky
Tags: 2000s jazz