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