Fresh Takes By Nick Dunston
Though still an adolescent, pianist Brandon Goldberg is making strides beyond his years. Getting ready to release his debut record, Let’s Play!, Brandon has put a substantial amount of thought into his music, for someone of any age. The album features bassist Ben Wolfe, drummer Donald Edwards and saxophonist Marcus Strickland, but Brandon is not just hiring big names—he is focusing on band chemistry. “I am so happy to have these incredible musicians on my debut album,” he says. “I really feel like I have a very special connection with each of them. It’s a fun group to play with and you can definitely hear the excitement in the music.”
Brandon also provides insight to his musical values, explaining, “I’ve got a simple way of picking my set lists: I want to play what I would go out to hear as a listener. I want to go to somebody’s show and hear their original music, along with their interpretation of standards. There is some amazing music out there with all these complex time signatures, and with these obscure melodies, but I just want to hear some music that feels good.”
Brandon Goldberg celebrates his debut album, Let’s Play!, at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola’s 1st set March 25.