"This is a potpourri of musical influences, together for the first time." said pianist Gil Goldstein last night at the Cellar Door. Of course, he was only joking -- musicians have been attempting to fuse classical, jazz and rock music for years.
Goldstien's music, however, is hardly a joke. Taking his inspiration from such disparate figures as Copland, Gershwin, Corea and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, he has created a delicate blend of various muscial ". styles which are woven into a rich tapestry of sound.
Aided by bassist Mark Egan and drummer Danny Gottlieb, of the Pat Metheny Group, Goldstein's show was a dazzling display of technical dexterity sparked by an energetic imagination, "Sweet Georgia" featured his boogie-woogie piano set against Egan's intricate bass, and "Wishing Well" was a lush ballad which was characterized by a moody lyricism. Throughout the set, the musicians played hide and seek with their listeners, darting in and out of classical and rock devices while never losing sight of their jazz base.
The Gil Goldstein Trio has only been together a short time (last night was their second engagement) but they are playing music that deserves a much larger audience than the meager crowd that turned up last night. Their show will be repeated tonight, and is highly recommended.