John Goldman

In Walked Pierre

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A fine saxophonist, John Goldman explores a variety of modern jazz styles throughout In Walked Pierre. Some of the music is essentially bebop, particularly "Katerina's" (which uses the chord changes of "There Will Never Be Another You") and "Column Blues," while some of the music, such as "Hicks & Yahoos," is eccentric post-bop. Somehow Goldman manages to turn the schlocky pop song "It Was a Very Good Year" into passable jazz, and the music in general ranges from Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers to Greg Osby. Goldman's quintet/sextet is filled with currently obscure players but all are top-notch, versatile, and adaptable to the diverse material. The variety and heated solos, along with some subtle surprises, make this a consistently stimulating set of modern jazz by musicians who deserve to be much better known.

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