06.12.14New Music, New Groups, New Sounds

Hello All! I'm excited to share some new musical endeavors that I am glad to be a part of! First off, I've re-joined long time friend and collaborator Rich Trotman's group Kool's Bazaar. I will be playing primarily auxiliary percussion, as well as some drum set. Kool's Bazaar is in the process of recording a new album, so be on the look out for that as well as plenty of live shows! And while we're on the subject of new bands, I am also happy to announce that I have joined local group, The Matt Willson Band. MWB is working hard on material and will soon be frequenting your favorite music venues here in Indy! Lastly, local sax man Jared Thompson and Premium Blend asked me to be a part of their new record, S.O.A.P., which will be released very soon! Plenty of new music and live shows to come, so stay tuned!

06.20.13Groove Theory Returns!

After a brief hiatus, I'm proud to announce that my quintet Groove Theory will be featured performers at the first annual Iowa City Soul Festival! We are excited to be a part of this and will be debuting some brand new music as well! Stay tuned for more Groove Theory news!

03.28.13The Trio is Back!

Greetings all,

Just a little update to fill all you folks in on what's been happening with me and my musical endeavors. Recently, I relocated back to my home state of Indiana, more specifically Indianapolis. I'm currently in the process of re-establishing my presence here and I have some exciting new projects in the works. My trio, who originally played weekly in my hometown of Muncie, is back! S.G.T. (Salmon, Goens, Gaze trio) will be performing every Friday night, 8-11pm at the Silo in Muncie. Be sure to stay tuned for live recordings from this group as well as a live webcast in the very near future! I am also involved in another trio, Velvet Pocket, with John Harden (keys) and Ryan Taylor (guitar), as well as collaborations with trumpeter Marlin McKay and saxophonist Jared Thompson. Stay tuned for new music and performances!

04.27.12Transition CD Review by Scott Yanow!



Cassius Goens III. is a fine jazz drummer from Indiana who is currently based in Iowa. He is a member of the Steve Grismore Quartet, and has worked in Indiana with Mark Buselli, Brent Wallarab, Rob Dixon, Luke Gillespie, Mike Strickland, Larry McWilliams, Frank Smith and the folk rock artist Cory Hill. Goens leads his own group Groove Theory, which is featured on Transition.

The drummer’s debut CD finds him contributing all nine compositions and propelling a quintet that also features trumpeter Steve Wheeler, Nathan Bogert on alto and soprano, keyboardist Michael Conrad and bassist Karl McComas-Reichl. The music is primarily postbop jazz with the use of the Fender Rhodes electric piano and some of the grooves making it reminiscent at times of the 1970s. But rather than being a mere recreation or having it be overly derivative of the past, the music is actually fresh and creative, unpredictable in spots but ultimately logical.

To name a few highlights of this easily enjoyable modern jazz set, “Leesi’s Groove" has a well constructed trumpet solo by Wheeler and hot interplay by the two horns at its conclusion. “Diligent Hands" features a very passionate alto solo from Bogert, who mixes together aspects of John Coltrane and Grover Washington Jr. “Pieces Of A Dream," “Crystal" and the wistful and cinematic “After The Day Is Gone" offer superior ballad writing by Goens. McComas-Reichl has a forceful and creative bass solo on “Time Off," “Brutha-Fly offers more passionate alto and ensemble interplay along with a spirited drum solo, and Conrad’s keyboard work is a strong asset throughout the set.

Cassius Goens mostly restricts himself to inspiring the lead voices but, in addition to “Brutha-Fly," he takes some opening drum breaks on “Transition" and really cuts loose on the closing “Remember The Time." Transition, an excellent tour-de-force for his writing and the playing of Groove Theory, is easily recommended to fans of modern jazz.

Scott Yanow, author of ten jazz books including The Jazz Singers, Trumpet Kings, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76

03.27.12Iowa City Jazz Festival 2012!

Proud to announce that my quintet Groove Theory will be on the main stage for the Iowa City Jazz Festival, June 29th! This year Robert Glasper, Jimmy Heath, Kevin Mahogany, and Matt Wilson will all be performing, so you don't want to miss it! We are very honored to be a part of this wonderful festival! Be on the look out for new music from us (saxophonist Nate Bogert's upcoming release "Ever Onward") and plenty of live shows!

10.21.11Like my Band!

My quintet Groove Theory now has an official Facebook page! Please check it out and make sure you hit the "like" button! We need your support!

For a limited time, you can also download my entire album from DigStation for only $4.95! That's right...$4.95! Just in time for the holiday season!

04.23.11Debut Album!

My album, "Transition," is now in production! Physical copies, as well as downloads on CDBaby and Itunes will be available in a week or two. As of right now it is available for download on DigStation! Check out my links page to download it.

03.23.11Debut Album!

I am proud to announce that we just wrapped up the final mixing and mastering for my album featuring the group Groove Theory! I am in the finishing stages of album design, so please be on the lookout for the finished product very soon and support this project! For now, enjoy some snippets of a few of the tracks on the site! All original music composed by yours truly featuring some of the most talented musicians I've ever worked with: Nate Bogert on Alto and Soprano Sax, Steve Wheeler on Trumpet and Flugelhorn, Mike Conrad on Piano and Fender Rhodes, Karl McComas-Reichl on Acoustic Bass, and myself on drums.

01.01.11Debut Album!

I am proud to announce that the recording for my debut album is approaching soon! The CD will be available for purchase and download very soon, so stay tuned...more content is coming soon to the site.