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Brad Goode: Tight Like This

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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