Goetze studied with trumpeter Markus Stockhausen and is a respected filmmaker. He brings a wide-open jazz perspective to the table on NY 10027. Highly emotive, and gushing with a mosaic of textures and striking contrasts, the album commences with Lenny Pickett's (Saturday Night Live Band, Tower of Power) stunning eb clarinet work on the album opener, "Solace."
The horn section commences with a flourishing motif atop pianist Kristjan Randalu's lush phrasings to underscore Pickett's warmly rhythmic and whispery lines, enamored by his ever-so-gently tapping techniques. Here, the clarinetist's intonations and divine phraseology sometimes present the illusion of a moog synthesizer performance. Indeed, a fascinating slant. Moreover, the band constructs a layered thematic foray, where radiant properties align with a sense of introspection.
"Solace" tenders a series of contrasts via a blithe primary theme and multihued harmonic components. Pickett intermittently takes the musicians into a drifting abyss, yet towards the finale, he soars into the upper registers and directs the orchestra into an ascending opus.
From a holistic standpoint, Goetze's arrangements and forward-looking vision yield gratifying attributes on this wondrously designed outing that should justifiably appear on numerous, year-end top-ten lists.