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Album Review

Released the same day in 2013 as Unfold Ordinary Mind, Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues is quite a different project. It was actually recorded a few years earlier with a substantially different and more conventional group of clarinet, tenor sax, trumpet, bass, and drums. Although this is another group of great players and soloists (Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Devin Hoff, and Ches Smith), again it's Goldberg's writing that really makes it work. He writes actual songs, not just solo vehicles, and he really knows how to write and arrange for multiple horns. No fat on these songs either: only four of 11 tracks go past the five-minute mark, so this is not an album of instrumental indulgences. Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues is a modern jazz album with the focus of a Blue Note hard bop date. Good stuff.

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Swingin' Subatomically!

Recorded in two days in February, 2008, at the legendary Bay Records in Berkeley, California, the session has a loose, swinging sound on tunes ranging from the avant-swing of “Evolution” to the exuberant funeral march of “Possible” to the stark blues of Ben’s arrangement of Bob Dylan’s version of “Satisfied Mind.”

"Joshua Redman and I had gotten to know each other when SF Jazz presented a double bill of my trio Plays Monk and Josh’s trio featuring Joe Lovano", says Goldberg. "Later I invited Josh to sit in with my quintet, and he suggested that we make a record together. Ron Miles and I are both from Denver and I had always been crazy about his playing so I invited him (this was before we recorded Go Home). I brought some new compositions and arrangements of older tunes and we had a blast".

The meticulously selected quintet (Ben Goldberg- clarinet, Joshua Redman - tenor saxophone, Ron Miles - trumpet, Devin Hoff - bass Ches Smith / Scott Amendola - drums) features eleven of Ben Goldberg’s compositions.


Born: August 8, 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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Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues (Bonus Track Version), Ben Goldberg
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock
  • Released: Feb 19, 2013

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