Earth Tonesby Peter Bernstein
Peter Bernstein led four albums for the Swiss Criss Cross label during 1992-1997. His fourth effort has him heading a trio with organist Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart. Some of the selections are very much in the soul/jazz tradition, since the Jimmy Smith influence can be heard now and then in Goldings' playing and Bernstein's main influence is Wes Montgomery. However, some of the originals are more advanced and the music still sounds pretty fresh. Among the highlights are Bernstein's ironically titled "Sublime Indifference," Goldings' tricky "The Acrobat," Hank Mobley's "The Breakthrough," and a relaxed version of "How Deep Is the Ocean."
- Release Date:
- Criss Cross
Performance CreditsPeter Bernstein Primary Artist,Guitar
Larry Goldings Hammond Organ
Technical CreditsGerry Teekens Producer
Max Bolleman Engineer
K. Hasselpflug Executive Producer
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I am not a huge fan of ''guitar jazz'' but in my opinion Peter Bernstein trancends that. His playing is not flashy, rather his approach is more akin to a trombonest, with single-note runs that have such clarity and simplicity that he is viewed, in my opinion, not as another guitar player but as a player of the finest quality jazz. Earth Tones is his best recording to date mostly due to the tightness of this long-standing unit of Burns/Goldings/Stewart which have been together for more than 10 years. The record swings hard and contains some of the most eloquent lines recorded by a jazz musician in 40 years. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR, BUY THIS RECORD!!!