Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart, three musicians with great ears. Organ, guitar and drums, a lineup rich in tradition makes for passionate, groovin and highly sophisticated music. And the music is as cryptic as their album’s title 'Ramshackle Serenade'.
"Two of the best organ trios of the last decade have featured the same three players. Technically speaking, it's just one group, variously billed as the Larry Goldings Trio (on several albums) or the Peter Bernstein Trio (on a recent DVD). Consisting of Mr. Goldings on organ, Mr. Bernstein on guitar and Bill Stewart on drums, it fulfills all of the standard criteria capably and rewardingly, without trying to reinvent the wheel." - Nate Chinen (New York Times )
The trio members are among the strongest musical personalities of their generation. Born in Boston Massachusetts in 1968, Larry Goldings has made lush, funky, bluesy, expres- sive music as well as attempted freer explorations in jazz with the likes of Maceo Parker, John Scofield and Jack DeJohnette.
Born in Des Moines Iowa in 1966, Bill Stewart has worked with Joe Lovano and Dave Holland, and, like Goldings, has worked with Maceo Parker and John Scofield (albeit not at the same time). Stewart has recorded a CD under his own name, 'Incandescence', for Pirouet. The album features Larry Goldings and pianist Kevin Hays, and was lauded by the press.
Born in New York City, Peter Bernstein has worked with such diverse musician as Diana Krall, Lee Konitz, Roy Hargrove, and Brad Mehldau. He is one of the most versatile and in-demand guitarists on the world scene. Originally he studied piano and then switched to guitar at the age of 13. His precise and melodically sensitive play was highlighted by no less than the great guitarist Jim Hall. After having performed concerts with him in the 90’s, Bernstein extoled Hall as “the most impressive guitarist” he had ever heard.
The moment you first hear the trio you sense the deep respect the musicians have for one another. Bill Stewart says about the others, “Pete is one of those improvisers who really comes right to the point; his solos are full of superb melodies. Larry hears everything. He’s incredibly quick and responds to everything that happens in the music.” Goldings calls Stewart “one of the greatest drummers in jazz”, and finds that when he is playing with his partners, his organ stool is “one of the best seats in the house”.
The trio’s music has the special advantage that competition between the players is never an issue. No one wants to impress; rather, the other two listen as intently as possible and then create a harmonious whole. And that is exactly what you hear!