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Avi Rothbard: Going Somewhere

New York City-based Avi Rothbard exhibits the influence of Grant Green throughout Going Somewhere (MidLantic), an organ-trio project. Drummer Joe Strasser and organist Jared Gold capably provide support while Rothbard tests his mettle with a mix of standards and originals. “Just One of Those Things,” taken at a brisk tempo, just doesn’t convince as an organ-trio number, despite Gold’s efforts to keep things moving with kinetic bass pedal work. Rothbard sometimes gets in some nice lines, but his overly staccato phrasing and relatively thin tone take their toll after a while, something that’s especially telling on “Wives and Lovers,” a tune once played by Green. Rothbard’s own material fares a bit better, primarily due to the underlying bluesiness of “The Place” and “JT’s Blues,” during which he generates a variety of soulful moments. Overall, Going Somewhere doesn’t seem to have quite reached its destination, but it eventually could with a little more time and refinement.

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