“Tired of hearing trumpet clones of Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard? Want a cliché’-free style? Try the fresh style of Brad Goode. It’s got power and swing, tenderness and depth. Despite the challenges posed by attempting to remain cliché’-free, Goode manages to be quite fluid in his improvisations. His fertile imagination is carried by a seemingly effortless command of the trumpet.”
“He has transcended the standard-issue solutions and copycat technique that characterize so many players of his generation. He departs convention with his tonal, structural, harmonic and rhythmic touches without ever making a point of it.”
“Goode’s high rev brain spins out musical ideas with a consistency that’s eerie. It isn’t just the harmonic and melodic twists he puts on his material that makes him so riveting; he sends the tunes he plays through a sparkling kaleidoscope of rhythmic changes. … Goode’s trumpet would send Gabriel back to the practice room.”
“Goode’s interval leaps, fragmented phrases, squeezed arpeggios, slurs, smears and other applications of his advanced technique may be partly for fun, but in that exercise in fractured tempo, his whimsical bits and pieces combine with those of the rhythm section to form a sensible abstract-expression. He has internalized the profound harmonic lessons of Gillespie and Parker and applies them in a very personal way”
“Lyrical genius of the trumpet… The young demon of bebop.”
Currently a member of the Curtis Fuller and Ira Sullivan quintets, BRAD GOODE has also toured with Eddie Harris, Jack DeJohnette, and the Woody Herman Orchestra. He has led his own bands since 1986. BRAD GOODE records for SteepleChase records.