Thanks to Jose Ramon of La Habitacion del Jazz (The Jazz Room) in Spain for his review of trombonist Eric Goletz's "A NEW LIGHT":
Eric Goletz grew up in a musical environment. His father was a professional pianist and arranger. Having studied classical piano, guitar and music theory since he was 6 years old, at 14 he was drawn to the trombone. He started composing music at a young age and did so for the various groups he was involved with.
Goletz was intrigued with the sound of jazz fused with other musical styles such as rock, funk , Latin, etc. He has composed and arranged for numerous musical scenarios: radio and television commercials, album projects for many different singers and ensembles, soundtracks for independent films, as well as acting and making his way as an independent musician. “A New Light” is his second album as a leader, and he started working on it before releasing “Into the Night” in March 2021. Both works feature an eclectic mix of musical styles. It consists of 11 songs, all arranged by Goletz, who also signed 8 of them.
The album starts with "Prelude: Before the Light" a short but intense jazz composition with nuances of classical music, whose sound takes us to the great composers of the 20's and 30's, to continue with "A New Light" which gives title to the album. An energetic and vibrant big band number where Heinitsh performs an interesting guitar solo. "The Edge of Night" follows another very rhythmic and rock-like song and "Dig" by Miles Davis, which he gives a fast pace with Latin reminiscences. Brilliant Ridl on piano and Brecker on trumpet. “Enchanted", another Goletz composition, calms us down with its slow rhythm and the velvety sound of the trombone and romantic arrangements. The funky rhythm returns with "Greene Street Groove" another song signed by Goletz, as always, brilliant in its arrangements. A contained relaxation takes over the environment with “Sunrise, Sunset” (Bock/Harnick), which soon leads to another explosion of rock rhythm accentuated by Heinitsh's guitar. "Song for Elizabeth" (J. Butler) is one of three non-Goletz tracks on the album. Love song reminiscent of the 70s. The low level doesn't last long, as "Don't Gimme That" brings energy with dialogue from Goletz and Brecker, and Farnham on keyboards. Johns on drums and Mowatt on full-blast percussion without forgetting Panascia, who keeps the pulse admirably. We're getting to the end and it's keeping up with “The Mirror”, funk, jazz, rock, here's a little of everything but well mixed. The disc ends with "Postlude: After the Light", a potpourri of melodies culled from the rest of the disc.
Goletz, a skilled arranger and composer with many ideas, says, “I think music has infinite possibilities. It is a journey where you can never be absolutely sure where it will take you. Although my background is jazz and classical music, I spend a lot of time listening to other forms of music like pop, rock, country, motown, funk, latin and even heavy metal. There is always something new to learn and I try to keep an open mind to the simple pleasure of listening to music."
A cheerful album that gives off energy on all four sides. The Jazz Room