Larry Goldings: Cocoon
Larry Goldings (piano)
Larry Goldings Quartet (Palmetto 2115)
Larry Goldings (piano),
John Sneider (trumpet, cornet), Ben Allison (bass), Matt Wilson (drums).
Composed by Bjork and Thomas Knak.
Recorded: Pipersville, PA, February 14-16, 2005
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
It makes perfect sense that the accomplished pianist and keyboardist Larry Goldings would be into Bjork. As a sideman, Goldings has dipped his toes into musical waters far from the jazz shore - he has recorded with rock legend James Taylor, funk heavyweight Maceo Parker and hip hop icons De La Soul - so why would he shy away from the music of Iceland’s greatest avant-garde pop star? “Cocoon,” first heard on Bjork’s Vespertine album in 2001, is a simple and meditative piece, awash in soothing Wurlitzer electric piano at the hands of Goldings. The emotive trumpeter John Sneider handles the melody masterfully, cradling each note before sending it off into the ether. Wilson chimes in from time to time, but this tune is not about the rhythm section: mostly, it’s a tender conversation scored for keyboards and trumpet. About what, you ask? Only Bjork knows.
Reviewer: Brad Farberman