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Three of a kind

The Aaron Goldberg Trio was in residence on campus in mid-February as the latest performers in the college’s Filene Concert Series, sponsored by the music department. In what’s become standard fare at Skidmore, students had the opportunity to work individually and in combos with some masterful young musicians—in this case, pianist and composer Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland—in master-class settings. Some students also got private lessons.

The trio recently recorded their third CD, due out in May. Worlds (on Sunnyside Records) comes five years after Unfolding, which earned high marks from Billboard and Jazz Times, among others. One reviewer has said Goldberg “writes poetry with his fingertips,” and another deemed the trio’s music-making “smart, fiery, swinging.”

Their track record is inspiring. The well-rounded Goldberg—who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a degree in history and science—has toured internationally with the Wynton Marsalis Quartet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and as a sideman to sax player Joshua Redman (who’s also been at Skidmore). Harland (an ordained minister) and Rogers too have performed and recorded with many major jazz stars, including Roy Hargrove, Betty Carter, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, and Mulgrew Miller. Yeah, good things come in threes. —MTS