Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, and Bill Stewart swing the “Perpetual Pendulum”

Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, and Bill Stewart celebrate over three decades as a trio with 'Perpetual Pendulum' released on March 22, 2022

Larry Goldings (Organ), Peter Bernstein (Guitar), and Bill Stewart (Drums) celebrate over three decades as a trio with Perpetual Pendulum, a scintillating program combining their clever originals with fresh takes on jazz classics. And, while 30 years is not quite an eternity – although in jazz terms, it might as well be – they show no signs of slowing down and their chemistry is tighter than ever.

“We all really dig each other, and that’s probably the most important thing,” Goldings says in an attempt to explain the trio’s indefinable chemistry. There’s a lot of crossover in what we like to play and listen to, and our individual visions of jazz tend to align. It’s hard to say, because we never really discuss it; we just try to make good records. We came up together.”

Perpetual Pendulum is also their debut release on Smoke Sessions, which has some historical significance related to their origins as a trio. Smoke Jazz & Supper Club, the label’s parent venue in New York City, was opened on the former site of Augie’s Jazz Bar, where Goldings, Bernstein and Stewart first performed together and established their rapport on a regular Thursday night gig starting in 1989.

Bernstein spoke on the trios chemistry as well: “I think we all share a pure feeling of gratitude. With these cats, I feel pressured to play my best because they’ve heard everything I can do. At the same time, I feel comfortable trying anything with them because I know whatever I do, they’re going to hold it together. We’ve all grown through our individual experiences, but we always come back to this. And it’s only getting better.”

No lies on their latest album, as they’re able to capture that classic organ/guitar sound, but with a fresh take as their album is sure to keep you swingin’.

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