Scott Yanow: Larry Goldings on In My Room performs tasteful and melodic solo piano on Americana, pop tunes and originals.
Larry Goldings gained his initial recognition as the pianist for Jon Hendricks and Jim Hall. He also began playing organ around 1988, leading his own trio. Since then he has worked with such artists as John Scofield, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette and Charlie Haden among many others in addition to leading his own groups and performing regularly in the Los Angeles area.
Even with his productive career, In My Room is an unusual and unique recording for Goldings. He performs solo piano on this relaxed set, mixing together originals with such songs as Stephen Foster’s “Beautiful Dreamer,” “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” “Maybe” from the play Annie, the Beatles’ “Here, There And Everywhere,” Abdullah Ibrahim’s “The Wedding,” “Everything Happens To Me,” and a song apiece by the Beach Boys and Joni Mitchell. He sounds very comfortable in each idiom for he makes the songs all sound like classical and folk-inspired Americana.
Goldings plays the early pieces of Americana beautifully; “Beautiful Dreamer” and “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” are given particularly memorable treatments. His originals fit well into the set including four mildly eccentric interludes. And while the sources of the 18 songs vary widely, this program has a logical unity to it, with one piece leading logically to the next one.
In My Room is a delight.