by Stamish Malcuss
Jared Gold is an American Hammond B-3 jazz organist, who attended William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. In 1988 he won the Governor’s Award for Jazz Performance in New Jersey. His career trajectory has afforded him the opportunity to perform with such luminary jazz artists as: Ralph Bowen, Benny Golson, Bill Goodwin, Bob Mintzer, Ralph Peterson Jr., Benny Powell, John Swana, and John Webber.
Gold’s discography continues to expand, his previous releases include: Solids and Stripes (Posi-Tone, 2008), Supersonic (Posi-Tone, 2009), All Wrapped Up (Posi-Tone, 2011), Out of Line (Posi-Tone, 2011), Golden Child (Posi-Tone, 2012), Intuition (Posi-Tone, 2013), JG 3+3 (Posi-Tone, 2014), Metropolitan Rhythm (Posi-Tone, 2015) and now in 2018, on fellow musician friend Dave Stryker’s label Strikezone Records a fitting title Reemergence.
The title track starts things off. A medium up-tempo swing selection composed by the organist, guest trumpeter Jeremy Pelt’s addition to the swinging trio lifts the energy even higher. Gold takes the first solo, with his rhythmic direction and knack for melody, Gold sets the tone for the rest of the songs. Stryker’s chords support Gold as the solo gives way to Pelt. Pelt has a warm tone and clean articulation as he drives his musical point home. Stryker is up next, with his amp being pushed almost to the point of overload break-up, the semi-hollow guitar sings through cascading sounds and patterns, all the while Gold’s bass lines are full and supportive. Hart makes the final solo statement, he always has an ear for rhythmic direction and strong cadences and delivers on this solo with his precision rhythm.
The Beatles’ tune “She’s Leaving Home” finds the trio interacting and playing together to make a musical statement that is enjoyable and full of the rich heritage of jazz, no matter where the melodic and harmonic material originates from, both Gold and Stryker have imaginative solos. The real mastery in this track is all the subtle listening and competing, building and expanding upon each other’s playing. The tune is filled with brilliant uses of harmonic shading and rhythmic playfulness.
The ensemble is a well-oiled group, interacting and playing off each other’s ideas in a cohesive and musical lexicon that elevates the conversational playing and solo sections with supportive buoyancy, which allows each tune to peak at its highest fruition. What makes this record special from the countless jazz albums being released in today’s era is the genuineness of the playing, and the mastery of each players abilities with their chosen instrument. Singularly each shine, together they soar.