“Have you seen this man?
Greg Goebel plays with attitude and the prolific talent to back it up. Rainy City includes nine original compositions guaranteed to put the world of modern jazz piano on notice.
In the all to predictable arena that is modern jazz piano it is rare to hear such an original talent so firmly grounded yet artistically daring. There is a deceptively subtle rhythmic movement throughout Rainy City that marries tradition and innovation so incredibly well. Rainy City is a wondrous cohesion of harmonious thought, a perfect blend of a lyrical sense of purpose with colorful harmonics and a splash of contemporary sensibilities. Greg Goebel is one of about half a dozen pianists that are redefining the instrument, the literature and the useful purpose of the piano and doing it with the skills of a master.
“There’s a new generation of scintillating players in the process of establishing themselves right here in Portland, Oregon. One who is very much admired is pianist Goebel. And you’ll understand why when you listen to the nine original compositions and one classic on his new CD. Goebel surrounds himself with stellar colleagues in Rob Davis, tenor sax, Dave Captein, bass, and Todd Strait, drums. One aspect of Goebel’s writing seems to be that, at any tempo, he writes clever lines with wit, subtlety and movement. Really, all the originals on the CD have something quite unique to offer. And Goebel deserves all the praise hereabouts. He’s a burner!”
Jazz Society of Oregon