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Album Review

Trumpeter Brad Goode made his name in Chicago playing straight-ahead post-bop jazz with little electronic or stylistic frills outside of the modern jazz tradition. That said, Goode is an adept improviser with muscular trumpet chops, who has always pushed himself to play a mix of harmonically advanced music alongside his superb renderings of jazz standards. In 2008, he took this adventurous approach even further with Polytonal Dance Party, in which he showcased his love of '70s fusion and frenetic dance club-influenced beats. Goode picks up this fusion thread again with 2012's equally as genre-bending Chicago Red. Once again employing a mix of electric and acoustic instruments and songs that bring to mind Bitches Brew-era Miles Davis, Goode has recorded an album of funky, exploratory jazz. There is also a strong world music vibe on Chicago Red, with songs built around various Latin, African, and Arabic rhythms. Joining Goode here is a stellar group of backing musicians including guitarist Bill Kopper and keyboardist Jeff Jenkins, who appeared on Polytonal Dance Party, Brazilian bassist Bijoux Barbosa, Ghanaian-born drummer Paa Kow, and Lebanese percussionist Rony Barrak. Ultimately, what is so appealing about Chicago Red is how Goode has brought together all of his disparate influences into one coherent and endlessly listenable sound.

Customer Reviews

Brad Goode delivers mastery, again!

If you enjoyed Brad's Polytonal Dance Party release, then you will definitely dig this. My favorite tunes so far are Intervallistic and All Fall Down, though I'm sure I'll float from tune to tune as there's so much music here to digest.

As always, you can expect masterful trumpet playing on this recording, as you can on all recordings by Goode. He's in that small percentage of players that seem to have no limit to either their instrument or their ideas.

I highly recommend this recording if you want to hear original, new music and be inspired to raise your own playing, or listening, to a new level.


Born: 1963 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, bass, drums) Brad Goode was born in 1963 in Chicago. He began learning violin at the age of four, switching to guitar and cornet seven years later, and by the time he graduated from high school he was already playing professional gigs as a bassist and trumpet player. Goode studied with trumpeter Vince DiMartino at the University of Kentucky, earning his undergraduate degree from there in 1985, and then studied double bass with Larry Gray at DePaul University, leaving...
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Chicago Red, Brad Goode
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Feb 19, 2013

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