Reggie Goings | In the Garden

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In the Garden

by Reggie Goings

Originals and jazz standards featuring Reggie Goings-vocals/trumpet; Darin Clendenin - Piano; Phil Sparks - Bass; Jamael Nance - Drums; Joe Cano - Guitar; Eric Verlinde - Piano and keyboards; Ernesto Pediangco - Percussion, Elnah Jordan - Backup vocals
Genre: Jazz: Cool Jazz
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1. Daydream
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2. We Will Live
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3. Dindi
4:55 $0.99
4. Get Back Home
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5. Learn to Be a Man
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6. Softly as in the Morning Sunrise
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7. Spangalang
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8. Requiem of a Lost Love
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9. How Do You Keep the Music Playing
4:36 $0.99
10. In the Garden
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11. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
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Album Notes
Reggie Goings began his music career in 1974 where he performed at high school dances and proms in his home town of Port Arthur, Texas. After moving to Houston in the early eighties, he started singing in small lounges, restaurants and hotels. He worked with notable “Who’s Who of jazz” members Jimmy Ford and Don Wilkerson.
He moved to Seattle in the mid-eighties and from 1988-1991, he co-hosted a weekly jam session with trumpeter Mark Henderson in Seattle's Pioneer Square. In the early 90’s, Reggie, formed a jazz quintet, called the The Jazz Suspenders(All band members wore suspenders) and recorded a live performance at Jazz Alley, entitled, "Tribute to My Mentors," a collection of jazz standards.
Reggie has become a deeply respected jazz vocalist in the Seattle Metropolitan area. He has appeared mostly in jazz clubs, performance centers, and festivals in the greater Seattle area.

On one memorable occasion, Reggie was invited by Abbey Lincoln to perform a duet to the tune “The Nearness of You” to a full house at Jazz Alley in Seattle. An Earshot staff writer was so moved by the cameo appearance that he wrote,

“It was the single best moment of the year.”(Earshot Jazz Magazine, December, 1994)

Reggie worked at Tula’s Jazz Club alongside the late legendary saxophonist, Hadley Caliman, for over 10 years up to his passing in 2010. The Seattle Jazz Offering which produced this jazz showcase marked their 15th and final anniversary at Tula’s in March 2014. Earshot Jazz Magazine presented a special award in 2014 to Seattle Jazz Offering's founders Paul Toliver (former Seattle Metro, Director of Public Transportation) and Reggie Goings in recognition of their long-standing commitment to Seattle’s rich jazz heritage.

Reggie has performed for Starbuck’s Leadership conferences and was also featured at a BET (Black Entertainment Television) sponsored event. He was the feature vocalist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra’s tribute to Ray Charles and Quincy Jones during the Earshot Jazz Festival at Benaroya Hall and the Kirkland Performance Center. He has appeared at several Washington area community festivals and special events in Washington over the years. He has also been featured at the Seattle Art Museum during the Art and Jazz Series sponsored by Earshot Jazz.

Reggie’s music embraces the deeply rooted jazz tradition and endeavors to promote this beautiful heritage to as many as possible. “Spangalang,” (a word that describes the basic rhythmic pattern of the ride cymbal in straight ahead jazz) is an original work written by Reggie Goings dedicated to the legacy of great drummers Max Roach, Elvin Jones and by extension, Art Blakey (although not directly mentioned on track). It expresses the artistic elements and nuances that these great drummers were able to subliminally infuse into the music.
The title track, “In the Garden,” was inspired by a verse in the 1st book of the Bible which describes the first words uttered by man after seeing the woman in the earthly paradise – “At Last, bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh.”

“Learn to be a man.” original blues lyrics dedicated to his children encouraging them to grow up as responsible persons.

“We will Live” is a type of anthem of survival of single parent households and as well as a plea to parents to try and work hard at their marriages because when the marriage fails, the real victims are the children.

The tune “Get Back Home” was written for his wife Angela. Being that he is from Texas, and his wife is from Canada, it has not been ideal for him to return to his Texas hometown to live.

“Requiem of a Lost Love” was written for those who still grieve over having lost their life long partners and have not been able to move on because of all the things they shared in common over the years.

This new album entitled “In the Garden,” is Reggie’s 1st studio recording. May you enjoy this maiden album – it is guaranteed to grow on you and may even become one of your favorite albums in your collection.



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