Will Goble's "Some Stories Tell No Lies" is a certified TRUTH

Will Goble oozes a relaxed confidence both when performing with his bass and when engaging an audience. Truly at ease behind the bass, Goble’s personality can’t hide his jubilance of making music. His excitement is contagious, infects his band mates and those that witness his performances.

Still solidly in his twenties, Goble’s resume boasts the work of an experienced, seasoned artist and it shows in his playing and his compositions. He kicks it when needed and weaves through musical nuances as called for. His musicianship is a joy to hear AND see.

Originally from North Carolina, Goble recently moved to Phoenix, AZ from Atlanta, GA. With an education stop in Tallahassee, Goble studied and performed with Grammy-winning Pianist, Marcus Roberts. He is also a member of the Jason Marsalis quartet.

Stepping out on his own, with some help from www.Kickstarter.com, "Some Stories Tells No Lies” is fresh, mature and exposes Goble’s passion for making great music with intensity, sensitivity, excitement and a big spoonful of joy.

Teaming with long time rhythm section collaborators Austin Johnson, piano and Dave Potter, Drums, Goble calls on Marcus Printup’s seasoned trumpet and the soulful saxophone of Chad Eby. These guys absolutely KILL IT together.

Something about the selections.

Opening with the Robert Hurst composition “The Dark Knight,” the light cantor of the 6/8 meter quickly morphs into solo development by Chad Eby slipping and sliding through the form. Austin Johnson then takes over and paints his abstract image of the Knight. An opening selection that begs “Hey, there is something here to deal with, so pay attention and see what this is all about.”

Strolling along from the get go, Mr. Goble’s composition “A Little Blue Circle” locks into a groove and swings effortlessly. Each musician creates free from rush or fuss. Marcus Printup’s trumpet leads the charge. Swinging and highly catchy!

“Blessed Unrest” is a ballad with melodic lines woven beautifully by Goble and delivered with great feeling from Mr. Printup and Mr. Eby. Edgy and Airy, picture taking a late night stroll on a humid summer’s late evening with the steam rising from the brick pavers of the city side street. Mist sparkling from the street lights. Comfortably alone but not lonely. Picture a modern day Stan Getz/Chet Baker/Bill Evans collaboration.

Jimmie Cox’s “Nobody Knows When You are Down and Out” is a throwback to the bar scene where the gents dressed to the nines and the ladies are sporting their flapper outfits. Everyone is out for a good time. Old school for sure. Bartender, how about another round?

Dave Potter’s composition “III Bill” is a lazy, swinging ensemble piece with tasteful rhythmic punctuation. The way Mr. Eby and Mr. Printup blend their sound sets the ear on high alert. There is something Gestalt about their playing together, so much more than each brings alone. Of special note is a single verse drum solo where a melodic statement is made. Once a novelty, more and more accomplished musicians (who happen to play the drums) are introducing melodic phrasing. Ah, a drum solo not build on licks and chops! More of less please.

“Roused About” is another Robert Hurst composition. Mr. Eby’s Soprano Sax, mixed with only bass and drums gives extensive freedom but requires attention to detail absent the chord reference. During Mr. Goble’s solo, one can hear the sax offering some supportive under messaging. Next Mr. Potter takes a turn as soloist. His drums have just the right tone allowing for his clean open playing without being over mixed. This composition breathes with ease.

“The Soldier in White” demonstrates Goble’s straight ahead writing. It is complex in harmonics but built to swing. The tempo is up and locked in well. Mr. Eby floats above the driving rhythm section as if suspended in air. Austin Johnson, leans back, stretches out and gets a nice push from Mr. Potter to keep reaching for more
Respectfully, Thelonious Monk is given tribute with “Hackensack.” Mr. Johnson channels Monk with all respect. Mr. Printup shows his command for tastefully using the expanse of his range up and down with ease and melodic taste. Mr. Eby slides in keeping his solo framed in the period of Monk. Sweet.

Mr. Goble attests that “Big Earl’s Last Ride” is composed in honor of Austin Johnson’s beloved pickup truck which Goble states was used often as the tour transportation for artist and instruments. One can only surmise that many gigs were reached just in time as this composition is sweetly never in a hurry. How can such a beautiful melody be written for a pickup truck? Some things must not be meant for all to understand.

Austin Johnson’s composition “Calm Before the Storm” waltzes in with a storm of its own. The melody is driving and hypnotic yet easily gives way to a rotation of soloing. One can tell the storm is lurking as the front moves, evidenced by the soloing of Mr. Eby and Mr. Johnson. Beautiful composition.

Mr. Goble closes with an attitude composition called “Bullish”. With its strong blues bass line, saxophone and trumpet duel out front as if to say, I want the attention. A friendly battle ensures. Winner? Inconclusive. Give way to the piano interlude by Mr. Johnson with the swinging support of Potter and Goble. Peel away another layer and Goble emerges out front. One last regroup and the ensemble takes it home together.

Mr. Goble delivers a gem with “Some Stories Tell No Lies.” The project title itself tells the story of his passion and sincere love of jazz music. This work is original and fresh just as jazz pursuits should be.

Watch out for Will Goble. He is sneaking up on the Jazz Scene in his own truthful way.

Tracks: The Dark Night, A Little Blue Circle, Blessed Unrest, Nobody Knows When You Are Down and Out, Ill Bill, Roused About, The Solder in White, Hackensack, Big Earl’s Last Ride, Calm Before The Storm, Bullish.

Musicians: Will Goble, Bass, Austin Johnson, Piano, Dave Potter, Drums, Marcus Printup, Trumpet, Chad Eby Tenor and Soprano Saxophones


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