As powerful an influence as Dizzy Gillespie was, today there are few trumpet players other than Jon Faddis who play in his style. Young trumpeters are more likely to work from the legacies of Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard, all of whom grew in various ways out of Gillespie. One of the few going directly to the source is Brad Goode, whose muted work on “By Myself” and “In the Still of the Night” contains passages in which Goode is Gillespie come to life. It is not just that he has mastered Gillespie’s licks and rhythmic values. He also understands Gillespie’s system of improvisation, his discoveries about how to make chords work in jazz improvisation. The result is that, although he occasionally plays phrases that sound like Gillespie’s, Goode is not an imitator. He has internalized the profound bebop harmonic lessons of Gillespie and Charlie Parker and applies them in a very personal way.
Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.