Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein & Bill Stewart
Let’s Get Lots
Come Rain or Come Shine
Little Green Men
Reflections in D
About The Album
Goldings, Peter Bernstein, and Bill Stewart celebrate over three decades as a trio with Perpetual Pendulum, a scintillating program combining clever originals with fresh takes on jazz classics. And, while 30 years is not quite an eternity – in jazz terms, it might as well be – they show no signs of slowing down.
Perpetual Pendulum is also their debut release on Smoke Sessions, which has some historical significance related to their origins as a trio. Smoke Jazz & Supper Club, the label’s parent venue, was opened on the former site of Augie’s Jazz Bar, where Goldings, Bernstein and Stewart first performed together and established their rapport on a regular Thursday night gig starting in 1989. They also recorded Perpetual Pendulum at New York’s Sear Sound Studio A, which is where they recorded their second outing together, 1992’s Light Blue and was also 30 years after the release of their debut album, Goldings’ 1991 album The Intimacy of the Blues.
If it’s hard to imagine a band with the kind of longevity that Goldings, Bernstein, and Stewart share, it’s even more rare to find one maintaining their brilliant level of musicianship and chemistry and that is not lost on the trio.
“We all really dig each other, and that’s probably the most important thing,” Goldings says in an attempt to explain the trio’s indefinable chemistry. There’s a lot of crossover in what we like to play and listen to, and our individual visions of jazz tend to align. It’s hard to say, because we never really discuss it; we just try to make good records. We came up together.”
Bernstein concurs. “I think we all share a pure feeling of gratitude. With these cats, I feel pressured to play my best because they’ve heard everything I can do. At the same time, I feel comfortable trying anything with them because I know whatever I do, they’re going to hold it together. We’ve all grown through our individual experiences, but we always come back to this. And it’s only getting better.”
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