The talented organist Jared Gold keeps moving steadily forward and building momentum with his latest release "All Wrapped Up." Gold is supported by an all-star crew of top notch sideman, including saxophonist Ralph Bowen, trumpeter Jim Rotondi, and drummer Quincy Davis. The album consists of entirely new music featuring original compositions from each member of the group. The session takes off swingingly before quickly shifting out of the realm of the known and familiar, and moves where harmonic complexity and melodic lyricism come firmly together into a group performance with stunning unity. "All Wrapped Up" will definitely fascinate the serious enthusiasts with its detailed and intricate compositions, while also bringing pure melodic delight. Listeners will also appreciate hearing this stellar lineup traverse through a wide variety of styles from the straight ahead to the more modern and even avant-garde. Everyone is invited to check out how all the pieces fit together when Jared Gold has things "All Wrapped Up" on his latest release.
Hammond B3 organ master Jared Gold wastes no time building a head of steam, launching All Wrapped Up with My Sentiments Exactly, one of the more driving tracks on his latest CD. Like the other tunes on this entertaining disc, it gives each player plenty of blowing room. It s a robust reminder of a time when jazz was sociable, and Gold s light touch makes it cohere. Listening to All Wrapped Up will awaken memories of walking into a neighborhood bar and coming across a cooking band: In this case, Gold plus tenor saxophonist Ralph Bowen, trumpeter/flugelhornist Jim Rotondi and drummer Quincy Davis. This is comfortable music no matter how fierce the improvisation or how passionate the playing. Check out how Gold sneaks around Rotondi s solo in Davis Piece of Mine, how he gooses the jaunty Just a Suggestion to set up Bowen s burly, jagged solo. The band is precise but loose playing this riff- and groove-heavy jazz. Some titles pack double-entendres, hinting at Gold s sensibility. The tracks segue easily, encompassing the sultry Saudades, the perky Suggestion, Rotondi s slinky Dark Blue and Get Out of My Sandbox, a bop strut featuring Bowen and Rotondi at their joint best. --Carlo Wolff, Jazz Times
New York-based organist Jared Gold leads a no-nonsense set of original progressive jazz compositions on All Wrapped Up, his fourth release for Posi Tone Records. Along with a trio of acclaimed sidemen tenor saxophonist Ralph Bowen, trumpeter Jim Rotundi and drummer Quincy Davis Gold draws deep into the well of organ-led jazz, preserving the styles of some of the genre s more intricate pioneers, particularly Don Patterson and Larry Young. The disc s high flying opener, My Sentiments Exactly, features a twisting melody, deftly pronounced by Gold, Bowen and Rotundi. All three soloists careen through the tunes clever changes and boisterous bebop tempo. The angular stride and soulful bounce of Get out of My Sandbox inspires swinging rounds by all. Here, Gold stands out with his hard-driving, aggressive approach. The medium-tempo groove of Piece of Mine, along with the melding of Afro Cuban and swing on Midnight Snack entice both Beldin and Rotundi into displays of technical brilliance. There s a noticeable difference in musical personalities between the two that leads to interesting and welcomed contrasts. Rotundi s lyrical, hard bop phrasing fits like a glove over the walking ballad Dark Blue, while Bowen s take-no-prisoners approach adds a layer of thickness to the funky Mama Said. Gold masterfully manipulates the organ's draw bars to enhance clustered harmonic textures on his moody ballad "Saudades," a compositional highlight featuring colorful percussive strokes from Davis. "Just a Suggestion," a tune with a spirited contemporary gospel vibe, closes the session with a slightly more greasy side to Gold's capacity and blistering lines from Bowen. All Wrapped Up is a first-rate affair, combining tradition with a spirit of adventure. --John Barron, The Jazz Word
There's something about the Hammond B-3 organ that makes it just right for "soul-jazz." Over the years, musicians such as the "Jimmys" - Smith and McGriff - Charles Earland, Larry Young and Joey De Francesco have played all sorts of tunes utilizing the big organ. Jared Gold continues in the long tradition of blending hard-bop and soul elements into a tasty aural treat. His 4th release for the L.A.-based Posi-Tone Records label, "All Wrapped Up", replaces the guitar in his ensemble with saxophonist Ralph Bowen and trumpeter Jim Rotondi, both players who know how to heat up a session. Add to the mix the incendiary drumming of Quincy Davis and the program is fun from note one. The explosive opening track, "My Sentiments Exactly", sets the pace - listen to how Gold rides easily atop Davis's race-car drive and the way Bowen and Rotondi rise to the occasion. The soulful strut of "Piece of Mine" has a handsome melody voiced by the trumpet and saxophone. Rotondi seems to build his solo off both the rapid-fire snare drumming and organ fills while Bowen sways over the beat. Gold really digs in for his 2-handed foray (his footwork on the bass pedals is dandy throughout.) Other highlights include "Saudades", which hints at Latin roots but slides lightly atop Davis's sparkling cymbals and Gold's full-voiced chordal work. Then, there is the "fatback funk" of "Mama Said" with strong solos all around led by the "can't miss" beat provided by Davis. "All Wrapped Up" is fun music, great for turning up the speakers and shaking the walls. Gold unselfishly shares the spotlight; it's all for good that both Bowen and Rotondi are fully committed to make the session successful. With Quincy Davis piloting the ship from the drum set, this CD is a real treat. --Richard B. Kamins, Step Tempest