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Long Story Short

by Larry Goldings

LONG STORY SHORT is a melodic and contemplative journey that visits 1930s Brooklyn, a fairy tale coronation, dark corners and wide-open spaces.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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2. Northeast Direct
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3. Montague St.
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4. Always Come Back
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Album Notes
"Pensive and deceptively simple, Goldings’ compositions that make up this CD are brief, succinct, and largely without long improvised solos. Each evokes a mood set by a variety of understated means, such as a slow, lilting ragtime-like piano melody, a gently rhythmic loop reminiscent of a train going over a crossing.....Thinkin’ feller’s jazz, this is, beautifully realized by Goldings solo on some tracks and accompanied by his longtime trio including Peter Bernstein and drummer Bill Stewart on others. Chad Fischer did a great job of recording and producing; the sound is fantastic."
- Ernie Rideout, Keyboard Magazine


With his signature Hammond organ style and versatility on many keyboards, Boston native Larry Goldings has traversed not only the wide spectrum of jazz where he is perhaps best known, but also the worlds of funk, pop, and electronic/alternative music. High in demand as a sideman, Goldings' sound can be heard on scores of albums by artists in virtually every musical genre. Some of his more notable collaborations include tours and recordings with Carla Bley, Michael Brecker, Jack DeJohnette, Jim Hall, Jon Hendricks, Pat Metheny, Maceo Parker, Madeleine Peyroux, John Pizzarelli, John Scofield, Curtis Stigers, and James Taylor.

Under his own name, Goldings has made ten critically-acclaimed albums, many of them featuring his well-known organ trio with Peter Bernstein on guitar and Bill Stewart on drums. Goldings' most recent project, "Trio Beyond" (ECM), earned him, John Scofield, and Jack DeJohnette a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Album (2007).

Larry Goldings' musical compositions have been recorded by such artists as Michael Brecker, Jim Hall, Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, Toots Thielemans, Curtis Stigers, Till Brönner, and Sia. His songs and arrangements have appeared in several motion pictures including Clint Eastwood's "Space Cowboys" and John Madden's "Proof."


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Fred Simon

beautiful, intimate, personal music from a master
I'm a huge fan of Larry Goldings, and this album, Long Story Short, is yet another reason. Featuring mostly solo piano performances, it's a very personal, intimate sketchbook. Taking elements of jazz, classical, folk, pop, and sound collage, referencing Joni Mitchell, Federico Mompou, James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, and Björk, among other influences, the music is emotionally evocative and full of humanity. I love this album!