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Larry Goldings Trio: As One

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Larry Goldings is one of jazzdom’s truly distinctive organists. Yes, in bluesy tracks like “Mixed Message” there are echoes of the soulful surges of rhythm-n-blues master Jimmy Smith. In romps like the dash through Carla Bley’s “Calls,” one also hears an ethereal angularity reminiscent of Larry Young’s pulsing abstractions with Tony Williams Lifetime.

However, what ultimately sets Goldings off from his peers is his exquisite use of space, a point made emphatically clear in his ruminative intro to The Zombies’ “Time of the Season.” Although possessing a lithe technique that allows for insinuating cascades at a moment’s notice, in the end, it’s the notes not played that give his style its subtle power, punch and articulatory panache.

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