Jazz trumpeter Brad Goode has achieved success as both a performer and educator (University of Colorado), and this adventurous 2008 release demonstrates his desire to continue to push the harmonic envelope. As the title of the recording suggests, every tune is written or arranged using poly- chordal harmonies. Although the sound of polytonal harmony is initially jarring, the musicians navigate through the potentially dangerous harmonic landscape with ease. Goode is a terrific trumpet player with total command of his instrument. His playing sounds effortless, often soaring into the stratosphere and then plunging below the staff. His solos on Lost April, The Snake Charmer, and Shock of the New stand out, but he shines on every tune. Goode has enlisted the aid of four first-rate sidemen for the recording. Kopper's electric guitar fits the mood of the album well, and his sitar is just right on Golden Lady and on the mind-blowing version of Johnny Mercer's Dream that closes the disc. Walker, Jenkins, and Lee prove quite able on piano, bass, and drums. The overall recording quality is quite good, and the packaging includes excellent liner notes written by trumpeter John McNeil. The booklet even contains examples of Goode's lead sheets with chord symbols to enlighten further the listener in the harmonic language of the album. Although this reviewer had to hear the recording multiple times before buying into Goode's harmonic concepts, this is certainly a terrific album. Polytonal Dance Party
has proven to be well worth the effort.