One of the great things about jazz is that some jazz musicians can just get together in a studio and knock out tunes and resulting record can be just as enjoyable as a carefully constructed, meticulously planned affair. The Hammond B-3 boss Jared Gold got together with his old band boss guitarist Dave Stryker and added reliable time-keeper McClenty Hunter (Stan Killian, Jim Snidero, Steve Slagle) to knock out Intuition. As the album title implies, these kind of dates are driven by instinct and playing in the moment, and that s just how Intuition comes across. A stalwart at the quality mainstream jazz label Posi-Tone Records, Gold has consistently encapsulated what is so great about the Posi-Tone catalog: he s well-schooled in tradition, brings vigor and his own voice to the music, and he swings like the dickens. That s why we re here talking about his sixth record overall and the forth one in a row covered on this space. Gold really does lend his own voice to the organ, and it shows in the way he harmonizes a song, using alternate routes that add intrigue even to straightforward and simple melodies. The Shirelles Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? becomes something else in his hands. In fact I didn t even recognize the tune until I consulted the CD label, because Gold had cleverly swapped out a few chords for ones that are close but not quite the originals. You ve Got A Friend another song written with Carole King s involvement but popularized by someone else is much more traceable because Stryker and then Gold play the lyric lines in the first verses and chorus straight as a way of introduction, and then both take turns mining more soul out of the song. On these and the originals, all provided by either Gold or Stryker, it s typically Gold that brings the heat, often smearing or scuffing up his chords, while Stryker plays it cool and articulate. Both have the rapport that makes the songs as much of a pleasure to listen to for the whole band experience as it is to hear each of them rip it up on their respective instruments. Gold s composing pen on The Crusher and Hoopin On Sundays devised strains that are too sophisticated for run-of-the-mill B-3 fueled soul-jazz, but they groove just as hard. Stryker cooked up some killer bop lines for Shadowboxing and Gold set the song on fire with his infernal organ playing, followed by Stryker s thoughtful but swinging expressions. Bedo s Blues is the straight blues form where Gold applies a lot of grease to his solo while Stryker goes a Wes Montgomery route, jazz octaves and all. It s evocative of the Jimmy Smith/Wes Montgomery summit meeting, James and Wes. Victor Assis Brasil s Brazilian uptempo delight Pro Zeca is also covered, a pleasant change-up from the distinctly American fare of the rest of the album. Gold and Stryker engage with tight unison lines on it, and Stryker s lead lines are particularly fluid, as Hunter works his ass off on drums and is later rewarded with a propulsive solo. A straight-up first-rate blowing session with plenty enough wrinkles in it to ward off that sameness feel, Intuition is another productive day at the office for Jared Gold. --S. Victor Aaron - Something Else!
This is a light and nimble organ unit featuring Jared Gold on the Hammond B-3, Dave Stryker on guitar and McClenty Hunter on drums. This album feels like a real leap forward for Gold, he is channeling more energy than on previous releases and letting loose a strong Larry Young influence that serves him well. The middle section of the album is where they strut their stuff the best, beginning with Hoopin On Sundays where Gold develops strong, pulsating organ with strong drum interplay to excellent effect. Shadowboxing is a dynamic performance that comes storming out of the gate with a strong progressive feel (Young s influence is felt particularly strongly here) but the musicians are well in control and able to throttle back and forward the intensity as necessary. Hunter gets a nice spot to shine on Bedo s Blues with is nimble drumming supporting viscous organ before they both deftly drop into a perfect pocket for Stryker s guitar interlude. Right Nowish has a very cool rhythm and blues vibe to it with a quicksilver guitar solo paving the way for Gold s most interesting statement of the record, grinding the organ, digging deep, and testing his imagination. --Tim Niland - Music And More
Jared Gold's latest for Posi-Tone Records is an electrifying organ trio release featuring the highly proficient purveyor of classic B3 sounds with the aid of guitarist Dave Stryker and drummer McClenty Hunter. Along with a slew of original pieces by Gold and Stryker, the disc features convincing renditions of two Carol King gems, "You've Got a Friend" and "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow." The latter makes for a swinging opener and maintains the feel-good vibe of the familiar Shirelles recording. Gold's funky "Hoopin' on Sundays" and Stryker's uptempo "Shadowboxing" contain some of the disc's most inspired blowing. --John Barron, The Jazz Word