Andrew Gould is a native New Yorker, a saxophonist and composer that grew up cutting his teeth in the New York jazz scene. Gould is a graduate of both Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase. Gould is an endorsing artist with Yanagisawa Saxophones, D’Addario Reeds, and Silverstein Ligatures and has just released his debut album as a leader titled, First things First. A collection of ten Gould compositions based on his experiences living and working as a professional saxophonist in New York City. Gould is joined by, Steven Feifke on piano and Fender Rhodes, Marco Panascia on acoustic bass, electric bass and Jake Goldbas on drums and percussion. Also, several guest artists appear on the project: Ioana Vintu sings on “On a Darker Moon,” and Scott Wendholt plays trumpet on “Rickshaw” and “Mumbo Jumbo.” The music covers a wide variety of styles, including: straight ahead jazz, funk and R&B with modern electric sounds and reflects the versatility and flexibility of the musicians. The compositions are thought-provoking, and the playing is fantastic, these cats can play! That’s the short of it!
First things First
1. The Goulden Ratio
3. Cool Off
4. Song For Millie
5. R Train
6. Mumbo Jumbo
7. On A Darker Moon
9. First Things First
Andrew Gould - alto and soprano saxophone, FX pedals
Steven Feifke - piano, Fender Rhodes
Marco Panascia - acoustic bass, electric bass
Jake Goldbas - drums, percussion
Ioana Vintu - vocals “On a Darker Moon"
Scott Wendholt - trumpet “Rickshaw” and “Mumbo Jumbo"
Release Date: March 30, 2018
Outside In Music
1 hour 7 minutes
Nice mix of styles with cohesive improvisations and remarkable group chemistry. Gould has a big saxophone sound and his playing is full of passion and finesse.