Jared Gold’s latest for Posi-Tone Records is an electrifying organ trio release featuring the highly proficient purveyor of classic B3 sounds with the aid of guitarist Dave Stryker and drummer McClenty Hunter. Along with a slew of original pieces by Gold and Stryker, the disc features convincing renditions of two Carol King gems, “You’ve Got a Friend” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” The latter makes for a swinging opener and maintains the feel-good vibe of the familiar Shirelles recording. Gold’s funky “Hoopin’ on Sundays” and Stryker’s uptempo “Shadowboxing” contain some of the disc’s most inspired blowing.
This is a light and nimble organ unit featuring Jared Gold on the Hammond B-3, Dave Stryker on guitar and McClenty Hunter on drums. This album feels like a real leap forward for Gold, he is channeling more energy than on previous releases and letting loose a strong Larry Young influence that serves him well. The middle section of the album is where they strut their stuff the best, beginning with “Hoopin’ On Sundays” where Gold develops strong, pulsating organ with strong drum interplay to excellent effect. “Shadowboxing” is a dynamic performance that comes storming out of the gate with a strong progressive feel (Young’s influence is felt particularly strongly here) but the musicians are well in control and able to throttle back and forward the intensity as necessary. Hunter gets a nice spot to shine on “Bedo’s Blues” with is nimble drumming supporting viscous organ before they both deftly drop into a perfect pocket for Stryker’s guitar interlude. “Right Nowish” has a very cool rhythm and blues vibe to it with a quicksilver guitar solo paving the way for Gold’s most interesting statement of the record, grinding the organ, digging deep, and testing his imagination.
One of the great things about jazz is that some jazz musicians can just get together in a studio and knock out tunes and resulting record can be just as enjoyable as a carefully constructed, meticulously planned affair…
A stalwart at the quality mainstream jazz label Posi-Tone Records, Gold has consistently encapsulated what is so great about the Posi-Tone catalog: he’s well-schooled in tradition, brings vigor and his own voice to the music, and he swings like the dickens. That’s why we’re here talking about his sixth record overall and the forth one in a row covered on this space….
A straight-up first-rate blowing session with plenty enough wrinkles in it to ward off that sameness feel, Intuition is another productive day at the office for Jared Gold.
Organ trios are all the rage once again. This retro throwback has made a comeback in a big way. Joey De Francesco, Pat Bianchi and now Jared Gold are and continue to raise the bar for aspiring players and those that have been on the scene for some time.
Two aspects of Gold’s playing move him to the front of the pack and these include an innate gift of swing as well as a harmonic foundation that allows Gold to express his own musical identity without doing a riff on someone one else. Gold takes his cue from players such as Larry Young and Jack McDuff along with the great Don Patterson to ultimately do a riff on himself. The musical pedigree of Gold can and should be the envy of other players attempting to master his craft. John Abercrombie, Ed Cherry, and Ralph Peterson are but a handful of names one can drop when discussing the contemporary greats Gold has shared a stage with.
With the new release Intuition which is a righteous groove from open to close, Gold is accompanied by the great Dave Stryker on guitar and one of the most under appreciated drummers in the formidable McClenty Hunter on drums. Another side project for Gold has been the manufacture of what can best be described as a portable B3 which is best described in the link below:
An instructional type video is included in the link and this quality piece of gear is a must for the local and or traveling musician. Be sure and check out www.foldingorgan.com. The demands of an off the hook touring schedule were the catalyst that inspired the development of this organ controller and now Gold is marketing these to the public.
Gold performs with his own group, side work with John Abercrombie ( I had the honor of interviewing ) along with Dave Stryker, Oliver Lake, Ralph Bowen and David Gibson. If James Brown was the hardest working man in show business then Gold may be a close second.
Intuition is a groove infused pocket driven jam that is arguably Gold’s finest work to date. Take some Gold originals that sound like “standards” on deck and then toss in some soulful and soul filled covers including “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” and another Carol King classic “You’ve Got A Friend” and you get dangerously close to sonic nirvana ( no pun intended ). The Dave Stryker original “Bedo’s Blues” closes the release and captures the essence of what a organ trio that swings is all about. The Gold original “The Crusher” is an apt description if not one word review of this release. Jared Gold crushes Intuition!