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Hypnotic Suggestion

Delmark DE 567




      1. Hypnotic Suggestion
      2. Once Upon a Summertime
      3. Bemsha Swing
      4. Just a Thought
      5. Thinking of You
      6. Beautiful Love
      7. Detroit Scene
      8. I Can’t Forget about You
      9. Crazy Rhythm
      Brad Goode – Trumpet
      Adrean Farrugia – Piano
      Kelly Sill – Bass
      Dana Hall - Drums

      Despite being a long-time jazz fan, you can still come across musicians you have never heard of – and who knock you out at the first encounter. For me, Brad Goode is one such – a forty-something American trumpeter who now resides in Denver (where he is a professor of jazz studies at the University of Colorado) but lived in Chicago for many years, where he recorded this album. The sleeve note says that Brad was particularly interested here in "working with elements of abstraction within standard forms".

      You can hear what that means in Once Upon a Summertime, where Brad starts with a delicately muted solo which is unexpectedly transformed into quickfire runs in the style of Dizzy Gillespie. On other tracks, too, his playing goes off in surprising directions but this is deliberate, not undisciplined. Brad apparently has the technique to do exactly what he wants. For example, on his own composition Just a Thought, he makes the trumpet flutter and growl (with help from a 1920s’ mute with built-in kazoo!), while on Kalmar & Ruby’s neglected Thinking of You he soars like an eagle. On Crazy Rhythm, he plays with the happy exhilaration of a child let loose in a toyshop.

      He allows plenty of space for his sidemen to show their paces, and Canadian pianist Adrean Farrugia matches him in inventiveness, while the Chicagoans on bass and drums complete the quartet perfectly. Listen to Bemsha Swing, where the whole group dislocates Thelonious Monk’s tune in a way which Monk would surely have appreciated. If you like your jazz to be adventurous, without the chaos that often comes with the avant-garde, I can recommend this album unreservedly.

      Tony Augarde


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