Influential guitarist Mick Goodrick has died aged 77

Known for his work with Gary Burton as a member of the vibes icon's 1970s era group who recorded The New Quartet and as a teacher for decades at top US music college Berklee and as an author Mick Goodrick - sometimes known by students as ''Mr …

Published: 19 Nov 2022. Updated: 17 days.

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Known for his work with Gary Burton as a member of the vibes icon's 1970s era group who recorded The New Quartet and as a teacher for decades at top US music college Berklee and as an author Mick Goodrick - sometimes known by students as ''Mr Goodchord'' died at home in Boston of Covid complications aged 77. Goodrick also had Parkinson's.

A faculty member at both Berklee and the New England Conservatory of Music, his students included future icons of the music John Scofield, Bill Frisell and Mike Stern and Goodrick's published books included Advancing Guitarist: Applying Guitar Concepts & Techniques. Goodrick's records under his own name include 1979 ECM outing the tenderly pastoral and free wheeling In Pas(s)ing with John Surman, Eddie Gómez and Jack DeJohnette. Mick Goodrick, photo: ECM

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There's a wonderful brass flavour to the arrangements and a pacey shift say on 'Ardu' from the initial fairly pedestrian tempo as it moves up a gear and back that hooks you in. That Theon Cross-like brassiness is a potent factor on a highly …

Published: 19 Nov 2022. Updated: 17 days.

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There's a wonderful brass flavour to the arrangements and a pacey shift say on 'Ardu' from the initial fairly pedestrian tempo as it moves up a gear and back that hooks you in. That Theon Cross-like brassiness is a potent factor on a highly eclectic album that has Jonny Enser at the helm. Olivia Bhattacharjee's summery vocals are part of the blend while 'BlindSpot' has a percussive freedom to it. Enser's clarion trumpet on 'Presence' is a striking highlight of an album that punches about its weight and throws to its credit enough curveballs in its jazz journey to keep you guessing. The rap that emerges out of a chamber jazz swirl on 'Come As You Are' featuring Nadeem Din-Gabisi is a great way to round off an album that engages from the off even if it casts its net stylistically too widely at times.