With the musical irony for this tenor player being nothing hits my musical sweet spot harder than a B3, Jared Gold is the epitome of the groove, swing and spontaneity that is a top flight organ ensemble while developing his own style. Gold is a B3 visionary with one foot in tradition and the other foot pushing the groove as far and as tight as possible while never tripping that self indulgent landmine lesser talents so frequently find. Out Of Line is the epitome of everything good that is the B3 sound. Raw yet with a lyrical sense of purpose and direction this foot to the floor release does not just push the envelope of harmonic exploration of the B3 - the envelope is sent certified mail!
A somewhat eclectic mix is right in Gold's wheelhouse. The 1967 tune from Hank Mobley "An Aperitif" kicks things off with Gold and saxophonist Chris Cheek playing as one. This musical cohesion and chemistry continues throughout this stellar release and is somewhat reminiscent of the old Blue Note sound from which the Mobley tune originated. The Gold original "Preachin'" is a groove you can use. Making old school new cool is not easy unless you happen to be Jared Gold. Covering Stevie Wonder is a musical roll of the dice for any artist but Gold digs deep and opens up with a more soulful spin that is as inventive as it is engaging. Having reviewed more lame vocal disasters on the classic "Skylark" (there are no vocals on this release), Gold does an odd metered arrangement showing his keen sense of melody and the ability to work without a harmonic net. "Skylark" is the prime example of why I referred to Gold as a visionary on his most recent release for Posi-Tone.
Jared Gold does not seem to be on a mission to make a living doing Jimmy Smith or Charles Earland covers. Gold is doing a riff on himself while clearly establishing his voice on the B3 as original, innovative and at times adventurous. Out Of Line is on point every step of the way and highly recommended for the organ enthusiast!
Tracks: An Aperitif; Preachin; Out Of Line; You Haven't Done Nothin'; It Is Well; Down South; The Stone Age; La-La (Means I Love You); Skylark.
Personnel: Jared Gold: organ; Chris Cheek: sax; Dave Stryker: guitar; Mark Ferber: drums.