The Innkeeper’s Gun

“If you want to hear some warm, exciting bass playing, dig John Goldsby.” Marc Myers,

“. . . gleefully evokes those old dim clubs of the Mad Men years, when respectable folks were still wary of that whole jazz thing.” Louisville Metromix Magazine

“A grand album, The Innkeeper’s Gun caters to the ECM way of jazz with a bit of a more modern approach, with hints of funk and hip-hop in a very subtle manner.” John Book, Book’s Music.

“The quality of the playing is matched by the finely tuned recording technique that makes this CD a treasure.” Grady Harp, Amazon Top 10 Reviewer.

The Innkeeper’s Gun is an exciting, involving post-bop album . . . the boppish, swinging rhythms—and that version of “Paparazzi”—make it a definite winner.”
Phil Freeman, Burning Ambulance, Journal of Arts and Culture Blog

“Goldsby gets some incredible sounds and “images” from his bass: guitar-like upper registers, plaintive bowing, and furtive plucking. — frankly, I don’t know how he does it.”
Eric Sedensky, Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer

CD Concept: “We’re carrying on the tradition of Ornette Coleman and Sonny Rollins, while expanding the trio style and adding our own voices to the music,” says bassist John Goldsby. The Innkeepers Gun captures Goldsby, drummer Jason Tiemann and alto saxophonist Jacob Duncan in the middle of their 2009 European tour, and features jazz originals by Goldsby and Duncan, plus a cover of the hit pop tune “Paparazzi” from Lady Gaga.

Goldsby, an American expatriate, has found better jazz opportunities since leaving New York and moving to Germany in 1994. He provides the bass foundation for many high profile recordings, including the recent releases Bombella (Abdullah Ibrahim), Symphonica (Joe Lovano), Roots & Grooves (Maceo Parker), and the Grammy Award winning Avant Gershwin (Patti Austin), in addition to the 2008 recording from Goldsby, Duncan, and Tiemann, Live at the Nachbar, The Visit (with pianist Bill Dobbins) and Goldsby’s recent Space for the Bass (both Bass Lion).

Track Listing:

  • Jim Henson 7:11 (Duncan)
  • Ligeti Split 6:03 (Duncan)
  • Paparazzi 7:45 (Lady Gaga)
  • More Than Something 5:13 (Goldsby)
  • The Innkeeper’s Gun 8:05 (Duncan)
  • Never Come Back To Me 6:08 (Goldsby)
  • Neda 8:38 (Duncan)
  • Juan in the Basement 5:46 (Goldsby)

Jim Henson

Produced by: Robin Meloy Goldsby for Bass Lion.
Musicians: John Goldsby (Double Bass), Jacob Duncan (Alto Saxophone), Jason Tiemann (Drums).
Recorded November 12, 2009 at Topaz Studios, Cologne, Germany.
Key markets: Louisville, New York, Cologne, Germany.

Release Date: June 1, 2010
Artist: John Goldsby
Title:  The Innkeeper’s Gun
Label: Bass Lion
Catalog Number: BLM008
UPC Code: 885444303951

Live at the Nachbar

Jacob Duncan, John Goldsby and Jason Tiemann Trio

In the late 1800’s, a tide of German immigrants flooded the bustling city of Louisville, Kentucky. The Germans, mostly skilled laborers—carpenters, blacksmiths and tradesmen—went in search of new opportunities. Families with names like Goss, Kunz, Gnaedinger and Metz settled in an area not far from the Ohio river that came to be known as “Germantown.” This cultural influence is still evident with restaurant names like the Gasthaus, Huelsman’s and a friendly neighborhood meeting place and jazz club called The Nachbar.

Jump to February 27, 2008: Bassist John Goldsby, a Louisville native who currently resides in Germany, returns to Louisville’s Germantown to team up with local powerhouse jazz musicians Jacob Duncan (alto) and Jason Tiemann (drums). The performance is captured on the new CD release: Live at the Nachbar [Bass Lion].
The gourmet set of modern jazz sounds includes two Goldsby originals: “Poli Wonk” and “Every Other.” In this U.S. election year, Poli Wonk is Goldsby’s musical plea to political talking heads (the Poli Wonks themselves) to calm down, focus on the issues, and feel the funk. “Every Other” is an Ornette-ish take on a popular jazz standard. Can you hear it?

Duncan also contributes a pair of contrasting originals: “It’s Alright to Dream,” a pop hit without words (yet) and “Nached Up,” a jam-band slammer that teeters between odd-meter gymnastics and free funk á la Miles. The term “nached up” might also refer to one’s state of mind after a long night enjoying the Nachbar and it’s worldly delights.
Other gems found in this live portrait include seldom-heard standards such as: “U.M.M.G.” (Upper Manhattan Medical Group) and “A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing” by Billy Strayhorn, a definitive rendering of Thelonius Monk’s “Mysterioso,” and the haunting re-working of Randy Newman’s “In Germany Before the War.”

Goldsby moved to Cologne, Germany in 1994 after a long stint in New York City. Best known for his work on the New York jazz scene, he got his start in jazz clubs in Louisville, playing with local legends like Helen Humes, Jimmy Raney and Jamey Aebersold. After moving to New York he worked with many jazz legends, including Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton and George Benson. Goldsby currently holds the bass chair with the Grammy award-winning WDR Big Band in Cologne.
Goldsby’s chemistry with alto saxophonist Jacob Duncan and drummer Jason Tiemann developed while playing live concerts in the past year at The Nachbar. “I think these guys are fantastic—I love making groovy, cutting-edge music with them,” Goldsby says.

Jacob Duncan balances a spiritual, intuitive inclination with a keen, educated mind; his ensemble playing confident and solid, his soloing full of risks and rewards. Duncan is well-known as the founder of the Liberation Prophecy, and also for his sideman work with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Norah Jones, and the Violent Femmes.

Jason Tiemann also plays with the Liberation Prophecy, in addition to being a constantly in-demand sideman for artists like Ben Monder, Jean Michel Pilc, Joanne Brackeen and Bob Minzter. Tiemann is a musician’s drummer—listening, checking, pushing and supporting while he plays—using his rare instincts to make the music happen.

The Nachbar, (the German word for “neighbor”), regularly features live jazz, and has become an insider’s tip in the mid-west, known for unpretentious, yet state-of-the-art improvised music. Live at the Nachbar with Jacob Duncan, John Goldsby, and Jason Tiemann remains in the “Best Live Jazz Albums of 2008” category.

Track Listing:

  1. Every Other (John Goldsby)
  2. In Germany Before the War (Randy Newman)
  3. Nached Up (Jacob Duncan)
  4. A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing (Billy Strayhorn)
  5. Poli Wonk (John Goldsby)
  6. Misterioso (Thelonious Monk)
  7. Upper Manhattan Medical Group (Billy Strayhorn)
  8. It’s Alright To Dream (Jacob Duncan)

CD Release Name: Live at the Nachbar
Artist Names:
Jacob Duncan, John Goldsby, Jason Tiemann
Release Date: July 1, 2008
Bass Lion, physical, The Orchard, digital
EAN/UPC Code: 0094922935106
Label Catalog: Bass Lion BLM004
LC Nummer: LC 18334
Genre: Jazz, Live Jazz
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