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Summer Victory Dance

by Sam Goldsmith

High energy original odd meter jazz by up and coming vibes player Sam Goldsmith, also featuring tenor sax soloist Peter Apfelbaum.
Genre: Jazz: Progressive Jazz
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1. Summer Victory Dance
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2. Inspiration (On Tuesday, June 28, 2005)
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3. Cloud Quilt
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4. Rite of Passage
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5. So It Goes
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6. In a Sentimental Mood
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7. Four More Long Years
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8. The Way Back
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9. Unraveling
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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A Sting-A-Bee-Back Records Production!

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FEATURING THE TALENTS OF:

Sam goldsmith (vibes, piano)
Peter Apfelbaum (tenor sax)
Jon Evans (bass)
Peter Hargreaves (alto sax)
Evan Hughes (drums)
Josh Jones (drums)
Brad McKeague (drums)
Stephen Saxon (trumpet)
David Starck (piano)
Jonathan Stein (bass)
Marty Wehner (trombone)

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I met Sam the summer of 2005 when he was sixteen years old. I was a first time attendee at a remarkable institution called “Jazz Camp West” set in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California. During an acoustic concert primarily of camp faculty, I heard a tall lanky teenage kid play an original composition on vibes. I was overwhelmed by the dexterity and taste of the performer, the sophistication of the piece (“Summer Victory Dance”), and the emotional depth of his material. I learned during the year that Sam has a wealth of material equally inspiring.

The tracks on this, his debut CD, were recorded over three days during the summer of 2006 and feature a wonderful array of talented performers, some as young as sixteen. A 2006 graduate of Berkeley High School’s renowned music program, Sam now attends New York University. It is an honor to have produced this CD, the first jazz project for Sting A Bee Back Records. I know you will enjoy it.

~ Michael Gill


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Dennie Dyer

Classic jazz with all the foundation that made this music what it is.
In my humble opinion you have the birth of a winner with “Summer Victory Dance”. Sam’s “Unraveling” is worthy of inclusion in the 2008 Playboy Jazz Festival. Extremely, provocative, romantic and giving of his soul to the song. Followed by “Rite of Passage”: Classic jazz with all the foundation that made this music what it is. Really enjoy the sounds of the vibes, perfect.



I thank you for the opportunity to listen to the great CD, which I am enjoying as I write.



Thanks Michael and Sam.

EAST BAY EXPRESS

Sam's Chops -- Vibes phenom Sam Goldsmith plays the Jazzschool.
From the time he began showing up at summer jazz camps as a preteen, little Sammy Goldsmith was a phenomenon, playing vibes and electric guitar with anyone available. After four years in the award-winning Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble and his first year as a jazz composition major at New York University, Sam Goldsmith has just issued his first CD, Summer Victory Dance, at the ripe old age of eighteen, and is celebrating with a Jazzschool concert at 4:30 p.m. Sunday with his septet of young players.

The recording is a showcase not only for Goldsmith's vibes playing, but also his arranging skills on compositions he wrote in high school. There are happy, wildly swinging tunes with a three-horn front line, but a few dig into more personal feelings, as in "Four More Years," "which I wrote after the 2004 election results came in and I was pretty upset," he explains. To top it off, his CD accompanists include an early mentor, the blazing saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum (who graduated from Berkeley High ten years before Goldsmith was born), as well as trombonist Marty Wehner, bassist Jon Evans, drummer Josh Jones, and a handful of young players Goldsmith has known for years from summers at Jazz Camp West. It was at that camp that pianist Michael Gill discovered Goldsmith and decided to start a record company, Sting-a-Bee-Back, to issue Summer Victory Dance. Goldsmith (whose mom Kathy is a member of the Cheese Board Collective, while dad Steve teaches English Romanticism at UC Berkeley) is a monster player on his own, but he shines even brighter interacting with other musicians, and especially onstage.

Dan Polletta, WCPN 90.3 Cleveland

Sam is a great player and the tunes were things that stuck in my head.
As the DJ for WCPN 90.3 FM Cleveland's jazz programming, I'm always a little apprehensive when someone hands me a CD and says..."My friend is the best jazz glockenspiel player...." ;-) But when a colleague from the newsroom passed this CD to me a few weeks ago, I tossed it on. When I saw that Peter Apfelbaum was involved I figured, "Well I'm sure it will be decent." Understatement. I really loved the feel of the whole thing. Sam is a great player and the tunes were things that stuck in my head. Too often, young musicians are either such slaves to the tradition that it sounds like a trip to the museum or they are trying so hard to "break the rules" that we end up with the same old "out" clichés. I thought Sam struck a great balance between the camps, in part because it sounded as if he was just being himself. It was a pleasure to be able to feature “Summer Victory Dance” on my Tuesday night jazz program this week here at WCPN in Cleveland and the response has been very favorable. Thanks again for the good jazz!

Jan Sarratore

Love it!
I bought 2 copies. One to have at home and one to have in my classroom at school. I'm sharing it with everyone I know. Love it!

Louis Rose

Well balanced, high energy album
I really enjoyed this disc. It's a well balanced, high energy album. The virtuosity of many of the players is apparent throughout, certainly including Sam's vibe playing. It's hard to believe he's just eighteen. Inspirational sax work from Peter Apfelbaum and a really enjoyable trombone solo from Marty Wehner. I wish the CD had more of him! The contrast between the three drummers who play on the recording really works for me; it takes the music in different directions and lets Sam's vibe work shine. Ballads are genuinely moving. Mostly there is a great deal of pure musical FUN on this recording. You can tell that these guys really enjoy playing together. Production quality on the CD is first rate and having Sam's liner notes is a big plus, although the type is so tiny you need a microscope to read them. This is a solid album, from start to finish.