Stu Goldberg: Song Burst


Song Burst


Stu Goldberg (piano)


Eye of the Beholder (MPS 15585)

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Stu Goldberg (piano),

Ken Goldberg (sax, flute, piccolo), Jim Lacefield (bass), Dave Crigger (drums), Lee Pastora (congas, bongos), Doug Cameron (1st violin, concertmaster), Clayton Haslop (2nd violin), Jimbo Ross (viola), Dan Ross (cello)


Composed by Stu Goldberg


Recorded: Hollywood, CA, August 1981


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Any discussion of outstanding and important fusion or jazz keyboard players must include Stu Goldberg. He first came to prominence as a member of the second version of John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra. He then went on to star with McLaughlin in the Mahavishnu quartet and The One Truth Band. Along the way he has also played with Alphonse Mouzon, Wayne Shorter, Larry Coryell and many other legendary musicians. In recent years he has become an award-winning soundtrack composer for movies and television. Goldberg has also recorded many albums as leader. Eye of the Beholder was first released by MPS in 1981, and finally reissued on CD in 2009.

Above even his remarkable playing, Goldberg is a composer of original music. Led by violinist and concertmaster Doug Cameron, a string section plays the introduction to "Song Burst." It is a sensitive section that includes a short flute phrase from Goldberg's brother Ken. Abruptly the introduction ends and a straight-ahead jazz tune breaks out. The strings do give the piece classical overtones, but the vibe is all jazz. Goldberg shows plenty of chops in the form of heavy chords and light-fingered single-note lines that run roughshod though the scales leaving their elements dispersed. The piece takes on a lighter folk feel think Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is" amped up. "Song Burst" is another in a long line of Stu Goldberg compositions and performances that justify his inclusion in the discussion.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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