christmas time

IAJE Evening 1 - Goldberg Variations

Face it. You gotta be bold when you're a piano player, your last name is Goldberg, and you're playing in Toronto. More specifically, if you're Aaron Goldberg, and you're playing across the street from the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio, named after Toronto's famous son who OWNS Bach's Goldberg Variations. But I'm getting off topic.

The Aaron Goldberg Trio, with bassist Rueben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, played some bold music. After opening with "Taurus" from the Sunnyside trio release, Worlds, Aaron called the quarterback option - his composition, "The Sound of Snow." It's from, of all things, the CD that accompanies the Baby Loves Jazz board book series. Specifically, from Mingus Mouse Christmas Time.

This is my favorite kind of holiday music - the kind where you can't tell it's a holiday song. Hear what I mean:

Aaron Goldberg Trio - The Sound of Snow

Eric Harland left his house at 6am. His flight from New York to Toronto was cancelled. Then he went to Newark. Then his flight was delayed. And delayed. So, He didn't get to Toronto until 6:30pm. The hit was 7pm at the Bassett Theater. Glad he made it thru customs!

Check out Eric's mini-clinic on "Shed," a song dedicated to Joshua "Shedroff" Redman.

Aaron Goldberg Trio - Shed

And the last one was a burner.

Aaron Goldberg Trio - Finale

More on the way. - Josh