LIVE: Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart B3 Trio @ the Egg, 09/17/2021
A Hammond B3 organ trio is a classic jazz format that dates back to the early 50s with Wild Bill Davis, made more popular by Jimmy Smith and still is on the scene today. The trio consists of an organ, a drummer, and a guitarist or saxophonist. This evening it was the guitar.
Larry Goldings is widely sought after for his talents and has worked with Madeline Peyroux, Rickie Lee Jones, and others. He has also been the pianist for James Taylor since 2001.
Bill Stewart is a widely respected drummer in the jazz world. He has worked with artists as diverse as Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Michael Brecker, and Joe Lovano.
Peter Bernstein is a guitarist that has been active on the scene for over three decades. The melodic tones of his hollow-body guitar have been heard with Sonny Rollins, Lonnie Liston Smith, Brad Mehldau, and Joshua Redman.
All that being said, this trio has performed together for 30 years and they certainly sounded like it.
Goldings was the spokesman of the band. His banter displaying an off kilter sense of humor with stories about the road, song titles and some jokes. His style of playing was also off kilter, not always going where expected. It did not always display the gospel/blues/soul origin of his instrument.
Bill Stewart performed as he always does, doing more than just meat and potatoes keeping the beat while wandering around his kit in his characteristic fashion.
Peter Bernstein in many ways was the anchor. Stating the melodies of every song in the most lyrical way possible.
All this made for an enjoyable 90 minute set of originals and standards including “Spring is Here” (Rodgers and Hart) and “Pegasus”.
By the way, Larry Goldings was advised not to joke about the name of the venue. He controlled himself until the encore; when he announced that they would play some”grease” at the “greasy egg”.