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Larry Goldings Trio: Moonbird

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This empathetic organ trio (with drummer Bill Stewart and guitarist Peter Bernstein) forged its chemistry in a regular weekly gig at Augie’s, a bar on New York’s Upper West Side that caters to the Columbia University crowd. The three have had various occasions over the years to renew their special musical bond by playing on each other’s albums and on mutual side projects (Goldings and Stewart toured together with guitarist John Scofield). Moonbird brings them all together once again for some heightened stretching, as on the Larry Young-inspired title track, and comfortable grooving, as on the aptly-titled “Comfort Zone.”

Goldings’ liberated sense of time, soulful phrasing, rich harmonic palette and heavy grooving basslines make him one of the most progressive practitioners of the Hammond B-3 organ on the scene. Bernstein brings an inherent bluesiness and a hip, Grant Green-styled sense of phrasing to the trio and Stewart demonstrates the flexibility to swing, funk and color the proceedings with equal aplomb. Together they have that loose-tight thing that takes a band years to develop.

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