STU GOLDBERG: Amazing Dedication
Walter Kolosky is the author of Girls
Don't Like Real Jazz; A Jazz Patriot Speaks Out.
New CD re-release of EYE OF THE BEHOLDER (1981)
The measure of an artist's worth is his entire oeuvre, not simply a specific moment in time, a particular group or a single release. Still, while keyboardist Stu Goldberg never made the name for himself that he should have as a member of John McLaughlin's mid-'70s Mahavishnu Orchestra and late-'70s One Truth Band and as a sideman on drummer Alphonse Mouzon's powerfully eclectic Virtue (MPS, 1977), also recently reissued by Germany's Promising Music, the pianist's Eye of the Beholder (MPS, 1982) was an album that, had it been released Stateside, might well have given him the boost he needed. Not that he's not remained busy, releasing albums including the more World Music-centric Dark Clouds (Dedication Records, 2006), with tablaist/vocalist Cassius Khan and vocalist Lauren Goldberg, but listening to the work he did between 1975 and 1985 it is almost criminal that he never received greater accolades.
Eye of the Beholder will come as a surprise to fusion fans, being all-acoustic and sporting a string quartet on a number of its six Goldberg originals. But the writing is vibrant, and the arrangements for an expanded trio (bassist Jim Lacefield and drummer Dave Crigger—who may be working an acoustic trio here, but plays with a fusion attitude like his life depended on it) that also includes saxophonist/flautist Ken Goldberg and percussionist Lee Pastora in addition to the string quartet, burn with the same kind of energy with which fusion fans of Goldberg will be familiar.
The title track opens with a gospel feel, a mid-tempo piece of funk accessible yet so full of life and energy that it evokes an acoustic Brecker Brothers feel, right down to Ken Goldberg's screaming tenor solo. A recent discussion at the AAJ forum was Funky Acoustic/Double Bass, and Lacefield's tone and demeanor are nothing short of get-down. The aptly-titled "New Love" is gentler fare, Goldberg proving himself as lyrical as he is virtuosic. "Song Burst," on the other hand, begins almost pastorally with the string quartet, Lacefield's arco and Ken Goldberg's flute, but quickly morphs into a fiery, optimistic-sounding burner that gives Stu the opportunity to demonstrate his not inconsiderable chops as the tune turns modal for his solo.
But as is the case with other songs on the disc, including the Latin-esque "Daybreak, Sunbeam," these are no mere head-solo-head compositions. Instead, Goldberg has written a number of tunes that are episodic in nature yet hang together despite their sometimes abundant wealth of musical ideas.
Perhaps the most revealing and prescient tune on the disc is "Daybreak," which begins with the same piano motif as "Daybreak, Sunrise" but, as a solo piano feature for Goldberg, turns more impressionistic and harbingers more recent work. Throughout, as democratic as Goldberg is as a leader, there's no doubt who shines the most. Eye of the Beholder is an album that should have garnered Goldberg significant acclaim; perhaps this beautifully remastered reissue will do what the original didn't.
Track listing: Eye of the Beholder; New Love; Song Burst; Daybreak, Sunbeam; Daybreak; Montreal.
Personnel: Stu Goldberg: piano; Jim Lacefield: acoustic bass; Dave Crigger: drums; Ken Goldberg: tenor saxophone, flute, piccolo; Lee Pastora: congas, bongos; Doug Cameron: first violin, concertmaster; Clayton Haslop: 2nd violin; Jimbo Ross: viola; Dan Smith: cello.
Hybrid Super Audio
CD - plays in all conventional CD players.
Stu Goldberg is an accomplished pianist/percussionist with a
wide variety of styles under his collar. On this SACD he shows
his skills as an improviser and catalyst. Most of the music is
bourne out of the moment within a certain framework and I must
say that I enjoyed it a lot. What fascinates me the most about
this SACD is the closeness of the musicians, how Goldberg together
with the expert tabla player Cassius Khan and vocalist Jennifer
Lauren Goldberg are creating chamber music. And the funny thing
is that when I once started listening there was no way I could
have stopped before the disc was ended. That says a lot.
Once in a blue moon, a record comes along that challenges your
preconceived ideas of what music is and should be. It forces you,
painlessly, into listening in a way that is alien to you. Rhythms
drift in and out of your brain waves, scaring you, then comforting
you. This is one of those records.
Stu Goldberg & Cassius Khan
Dedication Records DR-2181 (Hybrid SACD)
Stu Goldberg's name might be associated with Jazz-Rock Fusion by many listeners. Though perhaps best known for his associations with Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola and Billy Cobham, Goldberg has recorded some genre-defying music as a leader since those days, including stunning solo piano. Based in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, he is a technically advanced player with plenty to "say." He takes his time saying it on two remarkable pieces that bookend this new SACD release. "Ragamala" ("Garland of Ragas") is a 21:13 piano-tabla duo that takes the traditional Indian Classical music mode of notes from many ragas instead of just one into cross-cultural terrain, exploring jazz-based improvisation, European concert music, blues and the New Orleans of James Booker along the way. Khan is a superb tabla player, and this track alone is worth the price of the disc. The closing "Dark Clouds" adds multi-layered vocals to the mix, Jennifer Lauren Goldberg singing in English and Khan in Hindi; nearly 20 minutes long, it's not quite as riveting as "Ragamala" is, but percussionists will sit up and take notice while listening to Khan's tour de force solo. "Rain" is a vocal showcase written by Jennifer Lauren Goldberg and "Keherwa" a traditional eight beat rhythmic cycle played by Khan on tablas in two tunings and Goldberg on frame drum and Udu Igbah. I don't have the technological bells and whistles to sample the "high resolution 5.0 multichannel surround" but it sounds great on my relatively modest two-channel equipment. Goldberg wears four hats: musician, producer, recording engineer and mixing engineer.
-- Bill Barton, Signal to Noise , Winter 2007, Issue #44
Stu Goldberg & Cassius Khan | Dedication Records (2006)
Stu Goldberg garnered initial attention as a member of John McLaughlin’s
mid to late-1970s Mahavishnu Orchestra and One Truth Band, but
the keyboardist seemed to disappear off the map soon after. In
the intervening years he’s been busy as a film scorer and
has recently begun to re-established himself as a leader on a
series of albums focusing on his acoustic piano skills. But while
Going Home (Rhombus, 2001) and Dedication (Dedication, 2002) were
more conventional in terms of instrumentation, general jazz-centricity
and consistent lineups, Dark Clouds is another beast entirely.
Stu Goldberg & Cassius Khan “Dark Clouds” [SACD] CD
2006 Dedication Records
One of the best albums ever recorded by collaborating artists,
"Dark Clouds" is a true masterpiece performed by two
of the world's finest artists, Tabla player and singer Cassius
Khan and famed pianist Stu Goldberg.
Stu Goldberg & Cassius Khan “Dark Clouds” [SACD] CD
2006 Dedication Records
Stu Goldberg was a Mitchel Forman precursor in John McLaughlin’s bands of the seventies. His synthesizer runs helped propel the third version of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and the One Truth Band. He later enjoyed a successful solo piano recording career in Europe before giving the road up to settle down in British Columbia. He has owned a recording studio for many years and has written music for movies and television, including the hit show The Amazing Race.
Recently, Stu decided he was ready to hit the road again. His and Khan's new album Dark Clouds should pave the way for a very rewarding trip.
Goldberg has spent a considerable amount of time studying Indian music. On the new album he has integrated this study seamlessly into his bluesy jazz approach. Joining him are tabla player and vocalist Cassius Khan and vocalist Jennifer Lauren Goldberg. Goldberg certainly is not the only player out there these days who has become enamored with the possibilities of East-West fusion. The movement seems to be growing every week. However, Goldberg is taking the piano, never a strong voice in Indian music, to places it has not been.
Stu Goldberg: Keyboards have been used in Indian music for years. For instance, playing monophonic melodic phrases on the harmonium (portable hand pump organ) is common and is mainly used as an accompaniment to Indian classical vocals. And of course synthesizers & electronic keyboards have been used for years in Bollywood to create the sound of a bigger ensemble, filling between vocal phrases and playing string pads. But, to my knowledge, the piano hasn't been used as a featured instrument in the way that we do on Dark Clouds.
Indeed, Goldberg’s emphatic playing strongly suggests that the piano could have been introduced to a leading role in Indian music instrumentation long ago. Goldberg has meshed his Eastern influences with his Western classical and jazz vocabulary to such a degree, that the end result is neither.
Goldberg made a very calculated “less is more” decision.
Stu Goldberg: My goal in this project was to create an intimacy through the sparse instrumentation and open production, where we (He and percussionist Khan) could bounce ideas off of each other and have freedom to really stretch out. Sonically, both the tabla and piano have such a wide frequency range, I thought it important to leave sonic space for that range to be heard and developed.
Goldberg’s daughter, Jennifer, makes her recording debut. She sings, in English, in duet with Khan (not in English) and solo. It takes a moment or two to get used to the English lyrics in this context, but soon you will find yourself right in the pocket. Khan is an impressive percussionist and singer. Goldberg’s voice is a cross between the jazz-tinged sophistication of Norah Jones and breathlessness of a pop diva. It quite effectively contributes to the cross-cultural picture her proud father is painting.
Dark Clouds showcases Goldberg’s global imagination
and his dazzling control of the black and white keys before him.
His re-emergence on the scene is a welcome event.
Stu Goldberg & Cassius Khan “Dark Clouds”
One of the greatest albums ever recorded, Dark Clouds features
stalwart pianist Stu Goldberg and Phenomenon Cassius Khan the
tabla player and singer with singer Jennifer Lauren.
Stu Goldberg & Cassius Khan “Dark Clouds” [SACD] CD
2006 Dedication Records
Recognized for his work with jazz-fusion pioneers; drummer Billy Cobham, guitarist Al Di Meola and other notables, keyboardist Stu Goldberg opts for a sublime, Indo-jazz scenario here on this new effort. With tabla performer and vocalist Cassius Khan, the music boasts a jazz-flavored approach towards East Indian modal practices. Goldberg intertwines lush harmonic phrasings atop Khan’s steady pulses, while also injecting subtle blues and gospel inferences in selected spots. Therefore, the pianist executes vertically expansive choruses above Khan’s horizontal rhythmic plane.
Jennifer Lauren Goldberg’s soulful and resonant vocals on “Rain,” offers a disparate angle, whereas Khan generates some heat during his powerful solo spot on “Keherwa.” The title track serves as the finale, where the dual vocalists cast an air of enchantment amid Goldberg’s trance-like and mystically oriented chord clusters.
... it’s an unassumingly attractive outing, indeed.
-- Glenn Astarita, E-JazzNews.com
An exciting and satisfying blend of East and
West musical cultures
(Stu Goldberg, piano & percussion/ Cassius Khan, tabla &
vocals/ Jennifer Lauren Goldberg, vocals)
Stu Goldberg and Cassius Khan : Dark Clouds
Goldberg, producer. Hybrid multichannel SACD. Dedication 2181
Stu Goldberg is no stranger to musical exploration, especially when it comes to Indian influences. For five years in the mid-1970s, he manned the keyboard stool in the Mahavishnu Orchestra and has also teamed up with such daring fusion artists as John McLaughlin, Wayne Shorter, Al DiMeola, Jack Bruce, and Alphonse Mouzon. His recent solo albums, including 2002’s straight-ahead jazz releases Going Home and Dedication, have included stints with his saxophonist and flutist brother Kenny Goldberg. Of late, Goldberg has been composing film and TV scores. A striking acoustic-fusion outing that features tabla and vocal virtuoso Cassius Khan, and vocalist Jennifer Lauren Goldberg, his 21-year-old daughter, Dark Clouds finds Goldberg exploring a variety of genres ranging from jazz to Indian classical, New Orleans R&B to blues. Goldberg, on acoustic piano and percussion, is in a somewhat introspective mood. Two of the four songs reflect on or evoke the pensive emotions of a rainy day. The opening and closing pieces, each averaging 20 minutes, are built around classical Indian ragamala style. For the title track, Khan and Jennifer sing in Hindi and English, respectively, turning in a hauntingly cathartic performance. These songs are a far cry from the experimentation of Goldberg’s youth, yet there is an understood maturity to his latest compositions. Case in point is “Keherwa,” a six-and-half minute drum jam built on a traditional eight-beat rhythmic cycle, where Goldberg plays frame drum and udu igbah, trading licks with Khan, who uses two different tunings of tablas. The scintillating session climaxes with the percussionists in unison, each delivering a powerful one-two punch. Goldberg obviously takes pride in his work, from the intricate structure of his song craft to the high-caliber performances to the 24-bit digital surround sound. You hear it in the crystalline purity of his piano playing, the thunderous vibrancy of the percussion, and the sheer beauty of Jennifer’s vocals. Behold the joyful noise.
-- The Absolute Sound, Greg Cahill, January 2007 issue
Stu Goldberg & Cassius Khan “Dark Clouds” [SACD] CD
2006 Dedication Records
Former Mahavishnu Orchestra and oft-enlisted session keyboardist
Stu Goldberg melds East Indian chants and ragas into delightful
jazz-oriented tone poems. He engages the mind's eye with enchanting
frameworks during these extended acoustic piano workouts featuring
pulsating rhythms and trance-like vocals.
STU GOLDBERG & CASSIUS KHAN: RAGAMALA
ARTIST: Stu Goldberg (piano) and Cassius Khan (tabla)
CD: Dark Clouds (Dedication Records DR-2181)
"Ragamala" is a tour de force of the modern Indo-jazz-fusion movement. Though the piano has been used in Indian music for years, it has never been the driving melodic force that Goldberg makes it here. The 21-minute "Ragamala" is an improvisation based on the notes from many ragas instead of only one. His manipulation of the Indian scales on piano to introduce the piece is a true revelation to Western ears. But he does not stop there. Goldberg paints a varying landscape of many cultures. Throughout the piece, he seamlessly weaves Indian, classical, jazz and blues themes with great aplomb. He is just a wonderful player. Khan is a strong rhythmic supporter. He also easily changes identities from Eastern to Western mode and back again. This raga is full of dramatic and inventive moments. Its divergent components merge at some point, but it's not clear where. "Ragamala" is one of those transitive pieces of music in the Indo-jazz-fusion vocabulary. The last such piece I heard, "Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi," was from the violinist L. Shankar, who now calls himself Shenkar, way back in 1981 on his Who's to Know album. At the very least, Goldberg's variations of the raga form performed on piano are sure to get a lot of other pianists, both Western and Eastern, motivated to try to do the same.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky
What Radio DJs are saying about "Dark Clouds":
The combination of Stu and Cassius is brilliant, to which Jennifer
adds a magical ingredient.
DARK CLOUDS from Stu Goldberg with Cassius Khan and Jennifer
Lauren Goldberg proved to be one of the most haunting records
of the past year. Quite incredible.
Fantastic album Great stuff for our Radio Station
GREAT PASSED ON TO WORLD HOST TRACK #3 MY FAVORITE
An interesting and diverse recording with some great vocals and
I truly enjoyed the instrumentation and musical expression. Clear
STU GOLDBERG AND CASSIUS KHAN - "DARK CLOUDS"
Like the sound quality.
Bonjour, thank you for such a great music I really enjoyed. I
added it to my WJAZ broadcast play list on RADIO PLURIEL 91.5FM
in France, plus worldwide INTERNET via our web site, www.plurielfm.org.
Very good CD. I play it in my show.
I have been playing the Dark Clouds CD in my Friday night show
called World Music, and I have had a great response to the cd.
My personal favourite track is number 4, that just gives me goose
bumps! But I really enjoyed the whole CD. I love the sound of
the tabla and the traditional Hindi singing, Jennifer's voice
is very etherial. I love songs with stories behind them.
An excellent CD.
I liked very much your new album DARK CLOUDS.
Very nice first cut on this recording. Goldberg has a lot to
say on this long improvisation.
Dark Clouds is a strong release with near haunting ambience.
Stu Goldberg's and Cassius Khan's excellent musical skills are
well-displayed through in deeply-textured arrangements that both
soothe and chill. Combined with ethereal vocals and tight production,
Dark Cloud's showcases Stu's talented diversity on keyboards and,
with Cassius's percussive enhancement, help make for a most memorable
Kia Ora, This is a great CD. I love the textural tones that exist
between the piano, tabla and voice on this CD.
What listeners are saying about "Dark Clouds":
I had the opportunity to listen to the new album, "Dark Clouds" with Stu Goldberg and Cassius Khan. It is an experience I will never forget! The magical journey these two artists have embarked on is mindblowing, and awesome. I have been a big fan of Stu for years, and I have followed Cassius Khan's career when he was touring in the States.
The musicianship with these guys is so incredibly melded together,
with their abilities to twist and twine incredible patterns in
complicated cycles of rhythm. Stu Goldberg is in my opinion, the
undisputed champion of piano playing, is arguably the greatest
Jazz pianist on earth, and Cassius Khan is a serene wizard with
his tossed curly locks, blurring hands and lightining bolt vocal
range, a phenomenon the world has never seen before his birth,
and will never see after either.
I recently had a chance to listen to the album "Dark Clouds"
at a popular nightspot in Vancouver, and after some arm twisting
(of the CD owner) I took the CD home to write a review.
Goldberg plays the piano seamlessly, without any effort and comes
up with the most intricate melodies. He is an absolute master
on the piano. Khan, of course, uses his uncanny intuition and
charismatic personality alongside his prowess on the tabla and
Indian classical vocal music. The combination of these two artists
is what I would call, "A Masterpiece." What I love about
this album is how beautifully both Goldberg and Khan compliment
each other's playing, it is as if the two of them are joined into
the same mind, like Siamese twins, reading each other's next moves
I was in Kelowna's Rotary Centre of the Arts on November 4th,
2006 to witness Stu Goldberg and Cassius Khan LIVE IN CONCERT.
It was a special promo concert to inaugurate the release of their
debut album, "Dark Clouds."
This is a fine example of a well recorded album. The musicianship,
as said in all the reviews on the net, is incredible between these
two fine masters of music, Stu Goldberg, and Cassius Khan.
Dedication Records DR-0142
Stu Goldberg, DEDICATION
Artist Stu Goldberg
Date of Release 2002
AMG Rating **** (4 stars)
"Dedication is the follow-up to pianist/composer Stu Goldberg’s much heralded release of 2001 titled Going Home . It features 8 original compositions filled with intricate interplay, florid improvisation and tight ensemble passages from the pianist alongside bassist Jeff Falkner, drummer Dave Renick and Kenny Goldberg on saxes and flute. The innovative pianist, who played with some of the most daring fusion artists of the 70s including Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell, Alphonse Mouzon, and Wayne Shorter, continues to make his mark in the 21st century with a genuine sense of the depth and range of straight-ahead jazz. Opening with “Morning Star,” a light, beautiful piece with Kenny Goldberg’s flute out front on the melody, the ensemble offers the listener variety and the pacing necessary for a truly rewarding aural experience that sustains interest. Each player's solo is clean, articulate and is played with a healthy sense of adventure. “Winter Clouds,” is just the opposite – a beautiful pensive, introspective ballad that features Stu Goldberg alone on the acoustic piano. He provides a vivid pictorial through arpeggios and chord changes that suggests the airy floatation and dissipation of clouds on a winter day. This is a lovely song that is both relaxing and sensitive. Overall, the eight originals and great musicality make Dedication a work of art worthy of addition to any jazz collection."
--Paula Edelstein, All Music Guide
Dedication, Dedication Records 0142
Stu Goldberg, piano; Kenny Goldberg, saxes and flute; Jeff Falkner, bass; Dave Renick, drums.
"Pianist/composer Stu Goldberg has put together a winning effort here. "Morning Star," featuring Kenny Goldberg's flute is light, yet not saccharine. The tune moves along with great melodic solos from both Goldbergs..."Anthem" is a beautiful ballad that blends piano and soprano sax. The very gentle ballad, "Once Again," is a gorgeous composition. Bassist Falkner delivers a melodic solo then moves into an easy swing with drummer Renick. Stu Goldberg unleashes a marvelous solo that really shows the sense of romanticism inherent in all the compositions here.
With Dedication, Goldberg continues to show himself to be a masterful pianist, as well as a melodic composer. Recommended."
-- Michael Bettine, Jazz Now
"Stu Goldberg's piano lyricism shines on his new DEDICATION CD".
--Dick Crockett, Still Another Jazz Show,
“The Voice” 88.7fm, Sacramento, Ca .
Stu Goldberg - Going Home RHO 7019
Home is wonderful. It’s a refreshing sound
full of life and vitality. The cinematic presence in Stu Goldberg's
compositions and the spirited soulful communication between the
four musicians create a unique fifth voice of a very special quartet.”
Going Home **** (4 stars)
"Stu Goldberg has been successful as a composer of film and TV scores as well as an active performer working with Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and others. He also served a five year stint with John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra. On his initial album for the Rhombus label, Goldberg applies his high level of pianistic prowess to a set of his above the bar compositions. Performed by quartet of skilled and determined musicians, the session runs the gamut from the deeply pensive and intellectual to the high flying and exciting, all having the common denominator of being compelling. There is a flair about the music that takes it out of the realm of the to be listened to once and then put aside. While modern, Goldberg's work has a sense of structure that keeps the listener in tune with what's going on, rather casting him/her aside in favor of creating outlandish improvisations that no one can comprehend or follow. The reverie in the playing on such cuts as "Yvonne" and "Spirals" is contrasted with the wildy swinging "The Core the Apple", an up tempo excursion into hard bop with Kenny Goldberg's (Stu's brother) sax and Dave Renick's drums leading the way. Kenny Goldberg shows his virtuosity with the flute as he and his brother take the group through an exhilarating Latin based "Baião". The piece de resistance is the title tune. A fitting coda for the session, it is an improvisional solo by Goldberg bringing together his technical command of the piano with his emotional fervor... This is a CD filled with diverse, ear catching rhythms making it an eminently attractive listen".
-- Dave Nathan, All Music Guide
"Upon listening to Stu Goldberg’s latest release, Going Home on the Rhombus Records label, it certainly doesn’t take a rocket scientist (or a university music professor, for that matter) to surmise that Goldberg is a veteran of writing music for motion pictures and television. The seven Goldberg originals that comprise Going Home certainly have a flavor of music that could function very easily in that capacity. It is also evident from Goldberg’s skills as a pianist, and his jazz playing, that he draws upon his experiences from having been a veteran of working with many great jazz musicians/bandleaders. Going Home is a very enjoyable recording, and would be a most welcome addition to those who enjoy well-crafted music... interpreted and created by some first rate improvisation and musicianship."
-- Craig W. Hurst, Jazzreview.com
"Keyboardist Stu Goldberg knows about going the high-production route in recording a CD, having performed music by famed film composers John Williams (as featured performer on the sountrack to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ) and by Lalo Schifrin. But Goldberg's credits also include works by organic jazzmen like saxophonist Wayne Shorter and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. Perhaps to balance his recent glossy work on the CBS series " The Amazing Race ," Goldberg chose to record his latest solo CD Going Home (Rhombus), live in his California home studio with an acoustic quartet. "It's all about communication," he says, "Player interaction." On the ballad " Yvonne ," the pianist poignantly interacts with brother and saxophonist/flautist Kenny Goldberg, bassist Jeff Falkner, and drummer Dave Renick."
-- Bill Meredith, JAZZIZ
"Intriguing compositions and imaginative improvisations."
-- Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
"Spirited displays of virtuosity .”
-- George Wanamaker, Downbeat
“Goldberg turns the piano inside out...astonishing intellectual and emotional energy, well matched by technical virtuosity...the music is class-A, structurally, technically, spiritually and emotionally..”
-- Lee Underwood, Record Review
“Goldberg... transcends boundaries - between jazz and chamber music, between Europe, America and India, between composition and improvisation...”
-- Joachim E. Berendt, Stereo
“At times Goldberg strokes the keys as tenderly as Cezanne paints pastel colors on a canvas... a pianist who's fingers seem to be made of rubber... his compositions showcase a talented visionary musician with great technique who creates his own universe through the piano.”
-- Dieter Gruenfeld, Berliner Morgenpost
“A genuine sense of exploration, a sense of openendedness uninhibited by structural considerations.”
-- Dave Conway, Melody Maker
-- Robert Palmer, The New York Times
“His dense rhythmic patterns and diffuse keyboard architecture are to be savored.”
-- Balleras, Downbeat
“He has achieved an extraordinary level of success.”
-- Bob Agnew, L.A. Jazz Scene
STU GOLDBERG - Insights into Inner Worlds
SG: Post-fusion?…. [Laughs]…I was trying
to figure out what to call the music I have been putting out with
my jazz albums. I had to categorize them somehow so that people
would know whether they wanted to listen to them or not. I needed
a way to describe it. Fusion was the loud, fast, electric music
of the seventies- what I was doing with McLaughlin. Post-fusion
is really about coming back and playing the type of music that existed
prior to the seventies using acoustic instruments; but with the
sensibilities of someone who has been through that music.
---Roswitha Masson, Penticton Herald, 5-31-05
©2005 courtesy of Glenna
"Last Saturday night was nothing short of
magical as pianist Stu Goldberg returned to the Mary Irwin Theatre,
this time bringing along the sensational tabla player and traditional
Indian vocalist Cassius Khan and up and coming jazz singer Jennifer