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Jerry Goodman

Jerry Goodman

Violinist Jerry Goodman has been through many musical settings in his life over the past three decades, beginning with The Flock, the artful rock band out of hometown Chicago. But, as stereotyping would have it, he’s most often known as an alumnus of the original Mahavishnu Orchestra, which, in the early ’70s, shook the world with its proto-fusion stylings. The Mahavishnu connection comes to the fore again with the recent release of The Lost Trident Sessions, a jewel-in-the-rough, rescued from the Columbia Records vaults.

Goodman recalls that Mahavishnu was driven by a “high energy really motivating all of us. In terms of my musical development, it was like on-the-job training. I was pretty much scuffling to figure out what we were playing as we were playing it. It was complicated stuff, and also, I was not the product of a jazz background.”

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