Since the late '80s, Larry Goldings has been an example of lyricism, taste and invention as a keyboardist. While he's known primarily as an organist, he's also a remarkable pianist, and his talents on both can be heard on nearly a dozen albums under his own name as well as on several dozen others as a sideman.
Over the years, he's played with artists within and outside the jazz world including Jim Hall, Jon Hendricks, John Scofield, Maceo Parker, Michael Brecker, Madeleine Peyroux, Matt Wilson and James Taylor. He's also maintained his own group, the Larry Goldings Trio, with guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Bill Stewart, for eighteen years and counting. His projects may be widely varied, but his overall body of work illustrates his values for lyricism, storytelling, strong harmony and modern musicianship. He isn't afraid of moving between genres or straying from traditions, and he does so without compromising the music or his own voice.
Listen to a two-part feature on Larry Goldings:
Part I: Goldings talks about his early music career, what prompted him to take up the organ and some of his most notable and memorable sideman associations.
Part II: Goldings discusses his newest album, Quartet, the Tony Williams-inspired Trio Beyond, and keeping the organ tradition fresh with the Larry Goldings Trio.
AAJ (Chris Hovan, 2001)
AAJ (R.J. DeLuke, 2006)
"Why Don't I?" (excerpt): Watch the trio briefly trade some fours.
"Fire and Rain": No solo space for Goldings on this classic James Taylor tune, but you can get a peek at a fun-looking keyboard rig.
"Every Day I Thank You": Goldings isn't even really visible here since Pat Metheny and Michael Brecker are doing all the soloing, but you can hear him underneath it all.