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Album Review

What Comes Before is a subdued and quiet album. Excellent musicians all, Ben Goldberg, John Schott, and Michael Sarin play their music with such restraint, it often hovers right at the edge of whispering and minimal. The trio alternates soft, rolling pieces reminiscent of the quiet moments of John Carter's Castles of Ghana, with cerebral tunes of a nonaligned, staccato action that retain a sparse feel throughout. Overall, it's a very tranquil, uncompromising album.


Born: 08 August 1959 in Denver, Colorado

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg is a bandleader, composer, teacher, musical theorist, and a founding member of Tin Hat. He is a top-tier sideman chosen not only for jazz dates but as a guest on rock recordings. His work has consistently challenged not only the role his chosen instrument plays in jazz, but also in new music, klezmer, classical, and pop. He was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, later earning an undergraduate music degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a subsequent Master...
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