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Toy Tunes – Music as Play - Since 1991 Hammond organist Larry Goldings, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and drummer Bill Stewart have constituted what Jazzstation calls an "...unusual camaraderie of world-class players... Three of the world's best players in the current jazz scene..." take to the musical playground to perform eight diverse, close-knit pieces that are a joy for the senses.
Labeled "the best organ trio of the last decade" by the New York Times, these three possess a special place within the rich history of organ trios; with their adventurous eclecticism, they progress beyond the bop-influenced soul jazz of the likes of Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff and Shirley Scott and into their own singular musical realm. Larry Goldings has collaborated with the "who's who" of soul, pop and jazz, from Maceo Parker, Tracy Chapman, and James Taylor to Jim Hall, Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, and Charlie Haden, and is in demand as a composer for film and TV. Peter Bernstein has been called "the most universally respected and admired jazz guitarist of his generation", and his work with such greats as Sonny Rollins, Jim Hall, Joshua Redman, and Brad Mehldau backs up the claim. Known for his melodicism and polyrhythmic complexity, Bill Stewart has played with Joe Lovano, Dave Holland, and, like Goldings, Maceo Parker, and has had a long-time collaboration with John Scofield. All three are recognized composers.
Toy Tunes marks the trio's twelfth album since their first release in 1991. It's their second recording with PIROUET. The press greeted their first PIROUET CD, 2014's Ramshackle Serenade, with "It doesn't get much better than this" (allaboutjazz), and "Another memorable outing from one of current jazz's finest small groups" (Jazztimes). Goldings states that, "Our approach has never been dictated by the "organ trio" format but rather by our individual personalities, our broad range of musical interests, our desire to be highly interactive, and to grow together as musicians."