BEN GOLDBERG

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Clarinetist Ben Goldberg was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, later earning an undergraduate music degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a subsequent Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College. A student of Rosario Mazzeo, Steve Lacy, and Joe Lovano, Goldberg initially won acclaim as a member of the New Klezmer Trio, debuting in 1991 with Masks and Faces; two years later he won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to mount a retrospective series spotlighting the music of key American jazz composers including Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols, a project on which he collaborated with the likes of Andrew Hill and Bobby Bradford. After teaming with Kenny Wollesen for the 1993 LP The Relative Value of Things, Goldberg resurfaced two years later with another New Klezmer Trio record, Melt Zonk Rewire; with the group Snorkel, he also contributed to 1996's Live at read more...
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BEN GOLDBERG The Relative Value of Things (with Kenny Wollesen) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Relative Value of Things (with Kenny Wollesen)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
BEN GOLDBERG Here by Now album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Here by Now
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
BEN GOLDBERG Ben Goldberg, John Schott, Michael Sarin: What Comes Before album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ben Goldberg, John Schott, Michael Sarin: What Comes Before
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
BEN GOLDBERG Eight Phrases for Jefferson Rubin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eight Phrases for Jefferson Rubin
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
BEN GOLDBERG Twelve Minor album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Twelve Minor
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
BEN GOLDBERG Junk Genius : Ghost of Electricity album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Junk Genius : Ghost of Electricity
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
BEN GOLDBERG Almost Never (with John Schott & Trevor Dunn) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Almost Never (with John Schott & Trevor Dunn)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
BEN GOLDBERG The Door, the Hat, the Chair, the Fact album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Door, the Hat, the Chair, the Fact
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
BEN GOLDBERG Speech Communication album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Speech Communication
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
BEN GOLDBERG Go Home album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Go Home
Eclectic Fusion 2009
BEN GOLDBERG Baal: The Book of Angels, Volume 15 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Baal: The Book of Angels, Volume 15
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
BEN GOLDBERG Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
BEN GOLDBERG Unfold Ordinary Mind album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Unfold Ordinary Mind
Eclectic Fusion 2013
BEN GOLDBERG Worry Later album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Worry Later
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
BEN GOLDBERG Ben Goldberg / John Dieterich / Scott Amendola : Short-Sighted Dream Colossus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ben Goldberg / John Dieterich / Scott Amendola : Short-Sighted Dream Colossus
Eclectic Fusion 2014
BEN GOLDBERG Orphic Machine album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Orphic Machine
Eclectic Fusion 2015
BEN GOLDBERG Invisible Guy : Knuckle Sandwich album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Invisible Guy : Knuckle Sandwich
Eclectic Fusion 2016
BEN GOLDBERG Ben Goldberg School, Vol. I: The Humanities album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ben Goldberg School, Vol. I: The Humanities
21st Century Modern 2017
BEN GOLDBERG Goldberg Brown Anderson : The Reckoning album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Goldberg Brown Anderson : The Reckoning
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017
BEN GOLDBERG Good Day For Cloud Fishing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Good Day For Cloud Fishing
Eclectic Fusion 2019

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BEN GOLDBERG From the Granary album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From the Granary
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017

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BEN GOLDBERG Hey, Remember Junk Genius? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hey, Remember Junk Genius?
Eclectic Fusion 1995
BEN GOLDBERG Ben Goldberg At The Stone, February ​/​ March 2014: Let's Cool One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ben Goldberg At The Stone, February ​/​ March 2014: Let's Cool One
Eclectic Fusion 2015

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BEN GOLDBERG Baal: The Book of Angels, Volume 15

Album · 2010 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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After West Coast clarinetist Ben Goldberg in 2009 reformed his old project New Klezmer Trio (with drummer Kenny Wollesen and acoustic bassist Greg Cohen) for his new album, the question when he will touch Zorn's material for his another release became just a question of time. Both Wollensen and Cohen are long time Zorn's collaborators, so no strange their just next release is based on Zorn's Masada material.

Luckily "Baal.." was recorded by quartet, not trio - fourth member this time is NY downtown based pianist Jamie Saft. He added plenty of melodic and rhythmic piano elements to album's music what in combination with strong Zorn's compositions made album really better.

When listening every new Masada's Book Of Angels every new release I believe one could expect to hear almost always quality if a bit predictable mix of klezmer and free-jazz.This album is not an exemption: soulful and melodic klezmer is mixed with free improvs almost 50/50 and the result is predictably attractive. Possibly main moment which makes this release more interesting is Goldberg is one of leading clarinet player nowadays (ok, there are not too many of them on jazz scene), so even more or less know music sound different and more unusual.

In all - not masterpiece,but one more strong Masada's Book Of Angels series' release.

BEN GOLDBERG Speech Communication

Album · 2009 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Same year when Goldberg released his electric avant-fusion Go Home, he recorded another quite different album - "Speech Communication". This time he returned to trio format (current band could be counted as re-freshed version of Goldberg's New Klezmer Trio from 90s).

Album is dedicated to two departed Goldberg's friends: Ron Stallings and his father Alvin Goldberg (later is the reason of album's name : "Speech Communication is the name of the academic discipline to which my father, Alvin Goldberg, devoted his intellectual and professional life").

Musically album is quite free form (even bulky in moments)collection of acoustic mostly clarinet-led compositions melting vintage avant-garde jazz tradition and klezemer (differently from Masada, klezmer component in album's music is quite abstract and placed deeply under the skin,you can feel it mostly in some melancholic tunes and clarinet techniques).

All album (differently from many Goldberg's other works) sound a bit sad, too serious and kind of unfocused. Brilliant clarinet solos here and there are more outer attributes, the music often isn't really melted and formed in one sound. During all album's listening I had a feeling that musicians are not in a good contact between each other, there are plenty of cool space and formal musicianship around. And even if there are plenty of short nice moments, album doesn't work as whole one (especially when comparing with excellent collaborative work on other Golberd releases of similar time period).

Still no way bad album, but more release for Goldberg fans. Not best entry album to his music for sure.

BEN GOLDBERG Go Home

Album · 2009 · Eclectic Fusion
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Comparing with Goldberg's release from 2006 (" The Door, The Chair, The Hat, The Fact"), this album is different world.Goldberg is known by his love to combine rock-influenced musicians with his own love to jazz from 50s and 60s in his projects, and this one is not an exemption. But this time one of the strongest element of all sound is electric 7-strings guitar of Charlie Hunter (in his teens he learned to play guitar in Berkeley,CA from Joe Satriani as his music teacher,but later turned to jazz and funk).

Scott Amendola plays very relaxed jazzy drums, fourth member of this bass-less quartet is reeds player Ron Miles. Two dominated directions in album's sound is electric guitar mid-tempo quite heavy sound (think about Bill Frisell,playing more heavy and bluesy)and reeds soloing over drummers relaxed rhythms. As usual, with big attention to melodies, music sounds slightly melancholic, but high-energy (almost rock-heavy)electric guitars soloing never let the music sound mellow.And even more - big part of compositions are groovy, even funky!

Four of ten compositions are recorded live and their addition between studio recordings gives even more fresh and informal feeling to all music. Being very different from earlier Goldberg avant-garde acoustic jazz recordings, this album at the same time has his clear and melodic clarinet sound's signature.Just another face of really interesting musician.

BEN GOLDBERG The Door, the Hat, the Chair, the Fact

Album · 2006 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Clarinetist Ben Goldberg recorded his "The Door the Hat the Chair the Fact" just a few days after his teacher Steve Lacy passed away, and this release is his tribute. Only one composition is Lacy's though, others are mostly Goldberg's originals.

For this recording Ben formed new original quintet - former Huey Lewis and the News saxophonist Rob Sudduth,drummer Ches Smith (Trevor Dunn's Trio Convulsant) and bassist Devin Hoff (Nels Cline Singers) all came from alternative/avant-rock scene, Tin Hat's violinist Karla Kilhstadt played in that band together with Goldberg.

As a result, album's sound is really fresh and interesting: Goldberg adds strong chamber music (not only jazz,but classic and minimalist) flavor in sound, based on hard bop and swing, two other soloists (Sudduth and Kilhstadt) play mostly free form jazz improvs and at the same time rhythm section builds atmospheric,but heavy and deep vibes. Add strong avant-jazz of late 60s innovative atmosphere and soulful Goldberg melodies, and you can imagine what this album is about: modern avant-jazz,rooted in pre-post bop era,fresh,original,quite accessible and energetic. Rare music nowadays - catch this album, you will believe that avant-jazz golden age isn't just a history!

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