Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein & Billy Stewart – Perpetual Pendulum CD


1. United
2. Let’s Get Lots
3. Libra
4. Prelude
5. FU Donald
6. Come Rain or Come Shine
7. Little Green Men
8. Reflections in D
9. Perpetual Pendulum
10. Lurkers
11. Django

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8-panel Digipak Album

“Individually, these three musicians are at the top of their respective fields. Together, they have become standard-bearers for the B-3 tradition.”
—Bill Milkowski, Downbeat

“Perpetual Pendulum captures the trio combining the hardcore jazz- and funk-tinged mindset that marked its early recordings with the more expansive aesthetic of the album’s immediate predecessors.”
—Ted Panken, JazzTimes

“Expect the unexpected from these three but, no matter what, expect it to shine.”
— John W. Poses, Columbia Daily Tribune (MO)


Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, and Bill Stewart celebrate over three decades as a trio with PERPETUAL PENDULUM, a scintillating program combining clever originals with fresh takes on jazz classics. And, while 30 years is not quite an eternity – in jazz terms, it might as well be – they show no signs of slowing down.

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, 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. They also recorded this album at New York’s Sear Sound Studio A, which is where they recorded their second outing together, 1992’s “Light Blue” and was also 30 years after the release of their debut album, Goldings’ 1991 album “The Intimacy of the Blues.”

If it’s hard to imagine a band with the kind of longevity that Goldings, Bernstein, and Stewart share, it’s even rarer to find one maintaining their brilliant level of musicianship and chemistry, and that is not lost on the trio.

“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.”

Bernstein concurs. “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.”

released March 25, 2022

Larry Goldings – organ
Peter Bernstein – guitar
Bill Stewart – drums

Recorded on July 15 & 16, 2021 at Sear Sound Studio A, NYC

Produced by Paul Stache and Damon Smith
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Chris Allen
Studio Assistant: Will Bennett
Photography: John Rogers
Design: Damon Smith

Bill Stewart plays Zildjian cymbals and Gretsch drums

Executive Producers: Paul Stache and Molly Johnson

Weight 0.33 lbs

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