I’m very excited about the imminent release of Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues and Unfold Ordinary Mind on BAG Production records next Tuesday. Here are some thoughts about the releases and how to buy them, a couple of videos, and a new essay about Music, and Art.
The critics are already weighing in: The New York Times’ Ben Ratliff writes that the records convey “a feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising, the constant usefulness of musicians intuitively coming together and pulling apart.” (Read the full review here).
In the Chicago Reader Peter Margasak says “Both albums mark a concerted effort by the reedist to bring out his more melodic side, and on that count he succeeds magnificently, delivering some of the most gorgeous and pleasing compositions in his career.”
And over at Something Else Reviews Victor Aaron considers Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues: “Clarinetist Ben Goldberg sometimes gets so out front with his musical vision, it takes years to catch up with him.” And, in regard to Unfold Ordinary Mind: “Keep in mind, though, that there’s nothing ordinary about Ben Goldberg’s music, not even on an album with the word “ordinary” in the name.”
Until February 19, both records are available for download exclusively on iTunes at itunes.com/bengoldberg, and you can pre-order cd’s at www.bengoldberg.net/store, After that you can find them on amazon.com, bandcamp, and the usual places.
Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues (BAG003) featuresJoshua Redman, tenor saxophone;Ron Miles, trumpet;Devin Hoff, bass;Ches SmithandScott Amendola, drums. Recorded back in 2008, it’s a swinging affair that is just now seeing the light of day. Ten original compositions, a cover of a Bob Dylan cover -- and on iTunes one bonus track. Here are Joshua Redman and I playing a duet on Study of the Blues.
Unfold Ordinary Mind (BAG004) featuresNels Cline, guitar;Ellery Eskelin andRob Sudduth, tenors saxophone;Ches Smith, drums; on this one I am the bass player, on contra-alto clarinet. Seven original compositions. We made the record in one day and the results are raw and direct. Here we are in Baltimore performing PARALLELOGRAM:
Our friends at BLACK PARROT PRODUCTIONS produced a video of me speaking about THE MAKING OF UNFOLD ORDINARY MIND:.
The CD of Unfold Ordinary Mind also contains a beautiful accordion-fold booklet painted by Molly Barker. Recently I was thinking about our amazing two decades of collaboration (beginning with the very first NEW KLEZMER TRIOrecord) and I was moved to write an essay on MUSIC, AND ART: MY PARTNERSHIP WITH MOLLY BARKERwhich you can read by clicking the link, or by visiting my website.