Photo by Alan Lee
November 6, 1950 |
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
|Occupations||Musician, composer, producer, professor|
|Instruments||Accordion, cello, piano|
He began studying accordion at age 5, but later moved on to cello and piano. He studied at the Berklee College of Music and by 1973 was working with Pat Martino, Lee Konitz, and others. He started with the Gil Evans Orchestra in the early 1980s and also worked with Wayne Shorter. He has also worked in films including De-Lovely, where he performed "I Love Paris" and coached Kevin Kline, and in Little Buddha as an arranger.
He resumed doing occasional accordion work in the 1980s. The most notable of his accordion efforts in the 1980s might be when accompanying Michel Petrucciani and on his own. As an accordionist he toured with Richard Galliano in 2000, but also played piano on the tour.
During the 1980s and 90s he was a member of the group Elements.
Goldstein has also composed music for films including the 1994 film Radio Inside. 1999's Simply Irresistible called for rousing big-band ballroom music which goes from source music to programmatic during the climactic dance scenes.
In 2007 he co-released an album Your Songs: The Music of Elton John on ObliqSound with legends Steve Swallow, Paul Motian, and well known Italian saxophonist Pietro Tonolo. The quartet performed jazz arrangements of some of Elton John's most popular songs.
Goldstein is currently a professor at New York University.
- Gil Goldstein: Wrapped In Your Cloud (Muse Records, 1980)
- Billy Cobham: Stratus (INAK, 1981)
- Eliane Elias: The Three Americas (Blue Note Records, 1996)
- Gil Evans: Live at Umbria Jazz (Appecorsa, 1987)
- Jim Hall: All Across the City (Concord, 1989)
- Jim Hall: Dialogues (Telarc, 1995)
- Bob Mintzer & Gil Goldstein (Emarcy, 1995)