Some of the most beautiful sounds in jazz are when two or more instruments share the lead, either playing the same notes or in harmony. That’s part of the approach taken by Victor Gould with his debut, Clockwork (Fresh Sound Talent, 2016).
Musicians are Gould, piano and composer; Jeremy Pelt, trumpet; Godwin Louis, alto saxophone; Myron Walden, tenor saxophone; Anne Drummond, flute on two songs; Ben Williams, bass on all but two songs; E.J. Strickland, drums on all but one song; Pedrito Martinez, percussion; Yoojin Park, violin on three songs; Heejin Chang, viola on three songs; and Veronica Parrales, cell on three songs.
“Room 416” is a moderate, sweeping piece. The blended horns carry the melody. Gould, Williams and Strickland are quite busy in the background. Though the title hints at something stationary, the music gives a sense of movement, perhaps a drive through the countryside. This mood is captured brilliantly by the soloists. “Room 416” is named for a Berklee dorm room that Gould shared with bassist and friend Peter Spear, who died in 2014. Louis was also a friend of Spear, so it’s fitting that he leads part of the song.