Many thanks to Lance Liddle of Bebop Spoken Here in the UK for his terrific review of trombonist Eric Goletz's new CD, "A New Light," coming January 21, 2022 on CAP Records.
A second album from one of NYC's first call slidemen - Eric Goletz - has the virtuoso trombonist leading a band within a band - an octet backed by a horn section and a string quartet that produce some fine, contemporary, big band sounds.
Goletz gets a lovely sound and has a technical ability that enables him to hit notes some trumpet players could only dream about albeit not the trumpet player in this band. Randy Brecker isn't heavily featured but when he is, he displays the fire that reminds the listener that there were two Brecker brothers and Randy is still a killer. On Don't Gimme That Randy and Eric go toe to toe each complementing the other.
Goletz refers to his multi-genre listening which ranges from jazz and classical to heavy metal and most genres in between hence the variety of moods although, despite some shredding from guitarist Heinitsh and some grooving keyboard from Farnham the metal is of the lighter variety.
A particular poignant track is Jonathan Butler's evocative Song For Elizabeth. Described as a gentle love song, the melody easily transfers from the original guitar version to trombone.
I don't know who Elizabeth is or was but, as a friend of mine from way way back who was also called Elizabeth died a year ago today I couldn't help but relate to the moving composition...
I digress! If you're a fan of contemporary big bands this is for you. If you're not then maybe this could maybe tilt the balance ...
Lance Available January 21 on CAP Records.