Larry was first enamored with the B-3 thanks to Spooner Oldham's soulful Gospel-influenced playing on Aretha Franklin's classic Atlantic recordings. Ray Charles was another early influence, and later, Shirley Scott. Today, his favorite organ recordings are Jimmy Smith's Organ Grinder Swing and Larry Young's Unity.
Larry's first gig playing a B-3 clone came about because the bass player couldn't make it: he played a DX-7 with an organ patch. Based in NYC, he eventually caught the ear of funkmaster Maceo Parker, and played his first real B-3 on 2 of Maceo's albums. He went on to play for John Scofield, B.B. King, and James Brown's recent HBO special. One of the people he would like to play with is Stanley Turrentine.
Larry says he has a love/hate relationship with the B-3 (the cover of his latest CD is a picture of him with a B-3 on his back, another inside shows him sitting with a B-3 falling right above his head), and would like to mix it up more in his future projects, going back to the piano, and maybe the Clavinet. He does somewhat on his latest, Whatever It Takes (Warner), which is his funkiest recording as a leader. Guests include Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Joshua Redman & David Sanborn. They cover 2 Stevie Wonder tunes ("Big Brother" and "Boogie On Reggae Woman"), but the rest are mostly Goldings originals. Mainly straight Jazz, but some VERY funky grooves! If you're more of a "straight" Jazz fan, check out Larry G. on _Warner Jams Vol. 1_ with Joshua Redman, Wallace Roney, Kenny Garrett, Brad Melhdau & Peter Bernstein.
Larry has a new Warner release, Big Stuff.