Unfolding

Pianist Aaron Goldberg's new outing exemplifies everything right about jazz's current crop of developing artists—and everything that makes jazz so difficult to sell in the current retail market

Pianist Aaron Goldberg's new outing exemplifies everything right about jazz's current crop of developing artists—and everything that makes jazz so difficult to sell in the current retail marketplace. This disc is, at the very least, a well-played, thoughtful date by a talented young musician and his equally skilled sidemen, drummer Eric Harland and bassist Reuben Rodgers. But with the media over-saturated by pop artists who may or may not write and perform their own repertoire, persuading consumers to purchase music by an artist whose calling card is unadorned musicianship is bound to be a struggle. This fine project finds Goldberg's fleet fingers dancing up a storm, as he spontaneously develops a wealth of possibilities in his original compositions and transforms Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" into a bebop tour-de-force. Let's hope that the public will listen.—SG