Ned Goold


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No question about it! Gooold is one heck of a goood recording. Ned Goold plays a mean tenor saxophone, backed only by bass and drums, and, in the process, conjures images of Sonny Rollins, by way perhaps, of Bennie Wallace and others. Goold pumps his horn with a very cool sound, with a distinctive attack that places notes solidly behind the beat. His light, airy, yet full tone can combine elements of Ben Webster and Lester Young, but with the confidence of Coleman Hawkins. The results are universally satisfactory, and the off-beat, unexpected turns straddle the harmonies as they hint of mysterious crevices explored. Bassist Ben Wolfe follows judiciously, if somewhat conservatively, while drummer Daniel Friedman kicks hard. The mix of standards (including "Epistrophy," "Sonny Boy" and "A Gal in Calico") with Goold originals, all played with disarming panache, works well.

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