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The BGS Trio

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Jack London Revue
529 SW 4th Ave.

Sept. 22, 2017, 8 p.m.

NOTE: Two shows — Early Show @ 8pm, Late Show @ 10:30pm. Both at the Jack London Revue.

Guitarist Peter Bernstein, organist Larry Goldings, and drummer Bill Stewart make up one of the best organ jazz trios of the past two decades. The respect the musicians have for one another comes through in the subtle and intricate manner of the musical conversation that happens between them on stage. Indeed, you can hear them listening to each other. Drawing mainly on jazz standards, and a few original pieces, they re-present the organ jazz trio in a quiet, sensual, and grooving presentation. All members of the Young Lion jazz movement at the close of the 20th century, and now all firmly established jazz stars, this group has been together for 25 years making multiple recordings which display their distinctive sound, whether exploring the depths of jazz standards, or playing their original compositions. Jazz enthusiasts recognize the trio for charting new ground with hard swinging, yet thoughtful music. Peter’s warm, feather-light touch and fluid improvisation with Larry Goldings’ warm hum, and Bill Stewart’s polyrhythmic and melodic focus, create a vivid combination of synergistic playing. With the trio’s extensive use of the music’s dynamic possibilities, the passion and joy of this amazingly versatile instrumental lineup is there for all to hear.

This is a killer organ trio barrage that’s deep in the pocket. Bernstein, Goldings and Stewart have a natural feel for this music, laying down a groove that lets each soloist float across the tunes.” – DownBeat Magazine–bill-stewart.html