“He’s family. All of us contemporary jazz folks are family. The photogs, radio people, artists – we are all a huge, close-knit family. Jeff is One Of Our Own. This is a loss that we will continue to feel on the Jazz cruises, at the festivals, at the events where he was a staple, when we go and see our mutual friends… This is a void that we will continue to feel when we hear Boom Boom on the radio or in shuffle mode on the music players. This is a pain that we will continue to feel for a while to come.”
I’m totally looking forward to seeing Torsten Goods perform at Bürgersaal Feldafing this coming Saturday! Much like above linked PR info and album liner notes already describe, Torsten Goods manages to blend all the iconic guitar talent that clearly informs and defines his style into the one homogenous phenomenon that he is: Passion meets a rich music foundation meets precise delivery and solid, thoroughly honed chops, which he presents with an innocent joyfulness reminiscent of children at play – it’s no surprise that press tout him as a performer with “talent galore”. But his talents don’t stop there, seeing as he wrote seven out of the total of 14 songs himself, which made the cut from no less than 40 original compositions, all of which he has written over the course of roughly two years that took him away from his current city Berlin to London in an endeavour to expose himself to a new environment and new inspiration to draw from.
Above introduction to Good’s latest work is a mindblowing read of a fast started career that kicked into higher gear from one year to the next. It is all the more remarkable in this context that Goods afforded himself a two-year hiatus prior to his current release in order to reexamine the trajectory his musical path followed and in order to possibly reassess where he was going. We feel delighted as well as relieved to hear him say about this CD that the Jazz club circuit is where his heart is and that Love Comes to Town is so far the most authentic and complete rendition of his artist personality. It gets almost scary to fathom the future material he might come up with after treating us to an effort that already sounds so mature, so well-balanced and at the same time relaxed that you can’t help but arrive at the feeling you’re listening to an all-time classic that’s been around forever, leaving its well deserved mark on music history as it weaves an effortless thread throughout the different musical eras and styles Goods boasts as his musical education. Well, as far as we’re concerned: Love Came to Town and firmly claimed its place in our collection of all time favorites!
Michael, who originally hails from Cologne, Germany, was introduced to Jazz and taught his first guitar chords by his father Wolfgang. Music luminaries like Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Jim Hall, Tal Farlow and Kenny Burrell found their way into Michael’s music ear as early as age 12. During his later teen years, he also caught the “Blues bug” through music icons like e.g. B.B. King, Albert King, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix. But a pivotal moment was his listening to the 1988 Robben Ford CD release “Talk to Your Daugther”, when he discovered through Ford how to blend Jazz and Blues into one organic fusion of styles.
As Michael honed his skills by playing countless live and studio gigs, particularly after having moved to Munich in 1998, he found opportunities to reap the rewards of his efforts by founding the lounge pop band “Fat’s Jojo Magic” first and getting hired as lead guitarist with the “Donelly Blues Band”. However, he has come into his own with the Michael Nitsch Band, sporting the finest German music talent and with whom he continues to exhilirate musical audiences at renowned music clubs and festivals throughout the country.
Other than touring and playing extensively, Michael hands down his expertise to students of the guitar, who benefit not only from his live and studio experience, but his formal education at MGI Cologne as well. In order to learn about live appearances, please also notice the band’s Facebook page. And last, but not least, treat yourself to this fine piece of music by taking a sneak listen on his website and ideally proceding to the purchase link.
Sweet Jesus, Lord help me! This is where the bar is at in terms of… well, pretty much everything, e.g. instrumental virtuosity, groove, creativity/artistry, stage presence/presentation, oh and not to forget: FUN! Germans, you’re in for an extra treat! Find upcoming and current tour dates at Torsten’s website.