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Gil Goldstein: Under Rousseau’s Moon: Live at the Blue Note

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Under Rousseau’s Moon is Gil Goldstein’s first album as a leader in 15 years. He’s done a lot of arranging, orchestrating, producing and sideman gigs, but curiously he hadn’t led his own session in all that time. This Jan. 2006 live recording at the Blue Note shows he’s been storing away a lot of creativity since 1991.

What a group he assembled for this outing-percussionist Don Alias, electric bassist Richard Bona, trumpeter Randy Brecker, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, saxophonist Chris Potter, and the Zebra Coast String Trio. Goldstein, of course, is a gifted pianist and accordionist who will get that latter instrument accepted in jazz or die trying. The record is a tribute to Gil Evans and Jaco Pastorius (four of the tunes are his), and is dedicated to Alias, who died last March.

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