Bienestan by Aaron Goldberg on Apple Music

13 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bienestan, features two pianist/composers, Aaron Goldberg and Guillermo Klein. Goldberg is the star soloist and Klein contributes compositions and arrangements, and plays Fender Rhodes. The remarkable drummer Eric Harland and bassist Matt Penman make up the rhythm section, and the saxophonists Miguel Zenon and Chris Cheek appear on a few cuts. “Human Feel” is a hard-driving wonder: imagine minimalism with heat and oomph. “Yellow Roses,” which evokes a mellowed-out version of early-‘70s Weather Report, is a gorgeous piece featuring Zenon on alto and Cheeks on soprano. A couple of versions of the Brazilian classic, “Manhã de Carnaval,” are included: the first brings out the sad undercurrent of the tune in a slow, atmospheric reading, and the second is enlivened with Harland’s rhythmic inventiveness. Two tracks, the motoric “Implacable” and the melancholy “Airport Fugue,” are duets for electric and acoustic piano. Bienestan strikes out in a number of directions; there are also two Charlie Parker covers and a version of “All the Things You Are.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bienestan, features two pianist/composers, Aaron Goldberg and Guillermo Klein. Goldberg is the star soloist and Klein contributes compositions and arrangements, and plays Fender Rhodes. The remarkable drummer Eric Harland and bassist Matt Penman make up the rhythm section, and the saxophonists Miguel Zenon and Chris Cheek appear on a few cuts. “Human Feel” is a hard-driving wonder: imagine minimalism with heat and oomph. “Yellow Roses,” which evokes a mellowed-out version of early-‘70s Weather Report, is a gorgeous piece featuring Zenon on alto and Cheeks on soprano. A couple of versions of the Brazilian classic, “Manhã de Carnaval,” are included: the first brings out the sad undercurrent of the tune in a slow, atmospheric reading, and the second is enlivened with Harland’s rhythmic inventiveness. Two tracks, the motoric “Implacable” and the melancholy “Airport Fugue,” are duets for electric and acoustic piano. Bienestan strikes out in a number of directions; there are also two Charlie Parker covers and a version of “All the Things You Are.”

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About Aaron Goldberg

Pianist and composer Aaron Goldberg is an adept jazz musician, blessed with a harmonically advanced aesthetic palette and a bent toward thoughtful modern creative improvisation. Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1974, Goldberg started playing piano around age 12 and gained early experience studying in high school with such luminaries as Bob Sinicrope and Jerry Bergonzi. Initially, Goldberg studied at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music before enrolling at Harvard, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1996. Since leaving Harvard, Goldberg has performed and recorded with a bevy of hard-hitting artists including guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, saxophonist Joshua Redman, and vocalist Madeleine Peyroux, as well as Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. As a leader, he debuted with Turning Point (1999), followed by Unfolding (2001), Worlds (2006), and Home (2010). In 2015, Goldberg released his fifth studio album, The Now, which showcased his trio featuring bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland. ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    Boston, MA
  • BORN
    1974

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