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In My Room

Larry Goldings

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Album Review

Although Larry Goldings is best known for his organ playing, he is also a skillful acoustic pianist. Goldings played more acoustic piano than organ on his 2005 recording Quartet, and on In My Room, he plays unaccompanied solo piano and does so not in an actual recording studio, but in his own home (where Richard Bryce Goodman, the album's producer/engineer, documents Goldings using portable recording equipment). Goldings has not been the type of jazz musician who favors an all-warhorses-all-the-time policy; he has a much more interesting and far-reaching repertoire than the jazzmen who go out of their way to avoid anything that isn't an overdone standard. In fact, this 2010/2011 recording is all over the place when it comes to material. During the course of the album, Goldings brings his acoustic pianism to intimate performances of everything from Matt Dennis' "Everything Happens to Me" and the Beach Boys' "In My Room," to Joni Mitchell's "All I Want," the Zombies' "A Rose for Emily," and the Beatles' "Here, There and Everywhere." Goldings also finds inspiration in Charles Strouse's "Maybe" (from the musical Annie) as well as the American baseball anthem "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"; on top of that, he offers several original pieces and interprets "The Wedding" by South African jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, aka Dollar Brand. So in terms of material, one certainly can't accuse Goldings of playing it safe on In My Room, which is anything but an album of warhorses. It is also a consistently engrossing example of what Goldings can accomplish when he puts his organ aside and performs unaccompanied on the acoustic piano.

Customer Reviews

This man can play!

Larry Goldings is known for his amazing organ chops. But he is also one of the best piano players that I have ever heard. From the very first song to the last, this album shows you the creative spirit that drives him. No one can interpret a song like Larry. I mean, how many jazz covers of Take Me Out To The Ballgame have you heard? This is probably your first. "In My Room" captures the bittersweetness of the original while adding elements that Brian Wilson never imagined.

This is a great album and worthy of many listens.

Simply beautiful

A wonderful collection of simple yet stunning songs on the piano. The exceptionally talented Larry Goldings takes an understated approach with these songs allowing each note to drip from the piano like honey onto toast, each bite becoming sweeter and sweeter.

What a Great Music it is!!

i fell in love with this album when i push the play button at first time!
love ya~

Biography

Born: 1968 in Boston, MA

Genre: Jazz

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

One of the top organists to emerge since Joey DeFrancesco, Larry Goldings began piano lessons when he was nine. Goldings, who graduated from the New School for Social Research in the late '80s, was Jon Hendricks' accompanist during 1987-1989, worked with Jim Hall for three years, and (inspired by Jimmy Smith) led a trio that gave him an opportunity to play organ. He worked on the Hammond B-3 with Maceo Parker, and in 1990 recorded his first set for Minor Music. Since then, Goldings has toured and...
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