Mark Goldenberg - Reviews
You're probably the greatest guitarist I've even seen while drinking a latte.
From Minor 7th
Goldenberg's self titled album of solo finger style guitar is truly
a triumphant first effort. The dramatic opening piece, "Bring," is
absolutely gorgeous, combining pastoral lyricism with a reflective melodic
expression rarely captured on record. In contrast, the second composition, "Quixote," begins
with dissonant runs followed by Middle Eastern motifs which merge into
brilliantly conceived Brazilian chord changes. The strength of this album
lies in the depth of musical pallets found on this elegant, reflective,
and introspective journey. Goldenberg plays with the graceful virtuosity
of Michael Hedges, Egberto Gismonti, and Pat Metheny. The recording quality
is also pristine allowing the natural warmth and richness of the instrument
to emerge. Goldberg's unique guitar talents have graced the albums of
Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, and Linda Ronstadt. Moreover, his songwriting
skills are featured on recordings by Chicago, Olivia Newton John, and
the Pointer Sisters. While Mark Goldenberg may be better known for his
work with his more celebrated peers, this recoding stands on its own.
This album is not a token solo project produced by a sideman of famous
pop artists. With strong compositions that are proficiently performed,
this exceptional collection of passionate tone poems should earn Goldenberg
a place along side the masters of solo instrumental music.
a record of such hypnotizing beauty in a very long time!"
"Ever since I heard the exquisite opening track BRING on Mark's
new album, I have been unable to get the haunting melody out of my head.
He strums, he picks, he jams, he jazzes and if that wasn't enough, he
also makes quite the most delicious peanut butter pie that can make a
grown woman weep!"
- Julia Fordham
"Mark's music is almost too good to listen to"
graceful, deeply melodic, and above all, emotional - Mark Goldenberg's
stunning collection of acoustic guitar pieces shows off the imagination
and technical excellence that fellow artists and record producers have
relied upon for years, although seldom is he credited for the formidable
compositional strength that is on display here. This is a letter from the
interior, a meditation, and a banner for the personal journey.
- Jackson Browne
goldenberg is the shaquille o'neal of popular
guitar...he has impeccable instincts and is a natural,
intuitive and generous player. He elevates the moment
by humbly bringing out the best in everyone around him
- while simultaneously amazing seasoned professionals
with original, brilliant moves. most importantly, like
shaq, mark is a considerably well-groomed man
the LA Weekly
Mark Goldenberg opened with a solo set (sometimes accompanied by
Stern) wherein he wove lines so delicate and variegated that he virtually
clothed the air in splendor. And his version of the Beach Boys’ “God
Only Knows” dripped with chords so beautiful and weird that
even Brian Wilson would’ve asked for the recipe. Goldenberg
joshingly complained about the PA music that preceded him, “Voodoo
Chile (Slight Return)”: “Now I gotta follow Hendrix?” And
Leni Stern’s band followed; he shoulda been crushed like a
bug. Wasn’t, though.