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Brad Goode: Tight Like This

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Trumpeter Brad Goode has restrained his more radical impulses this time out, but his delightful refusal to honor the hallowed barrier between traditionalism and modernism still results in a bracing creative tension.

Sometimes Goode ambushes by stealth. He kicks off Irving Berlin’s “Reaching for the Moon” with a straightforward recitation of the theme. But then, almost before you know what’s happening, he’s stretching the song’s rhythmic structure and unfurling quick-step sidelong flurries-graced by a crisp precision recalling Clifford Brown-that both complement and comment sardonically on Berlin’s thematic conceits. Pianist Adrean Farrugia takes a similar tack, initiating the proceedings with a moody, Bill Evans-like romanticism that gradually morphs into a spiky, two-fisted percussiveness.

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