Jerry Bergonzi Tenorist
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- Released: May 22, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Savant
Down Beat - p.673.5 stars out of 5 -- "Bergonzi's got exquisite balance on this album. The leader's hearty tone is graced by John Abercrombie's slinky, off-kilter electric guitar..."
JazzTimes - p.71"[T]he four musicians sustain an air of spontaneity that carries from one track to another and helps produce the tension and surprises that Bergonzi set out to create."
- 1.Gecko Plex
- 3.Simultaneous Looks
- 4.Table Steaks
- 5.La Mesha
- 7.With Reference
- 8.Creature Feature
- 9.On Again Off Again
Personnel: Jerry Bergonzi (tenor saxophone); John Abercrombie (guitar); Dave Santoro (bass instrument); Adam Nussbaum (drums).
Jerry Bergonzi isn't the most recognized tenor saxophonist on the planet, as he has spent a long time in jazz education, though his discography as a leader is extensive. But since making his mark as a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet in the mid-'70s and then going off on his own, he has continued to grow as a player and developed a sound all his own. For these 2006 studio sessions, he utilizes a different rhythm section than on his first Savant CD, with guitarist John Abercrombie taking the place of a pianist, Adam Nussbaum now on drums, and the return of bassist Dave Santoro from the previous date. The music includes a mix of old and new originals. Bergonzi revisits his quirky "Gecko Plex," expressing himself with a solo bordering on avant-garde in spots. The playful off-center Latin rhythm in "Czarology" proves immediately infectious, while he overdubs a second tenor in "With Reference," which invites obvious comparisons to the collaborations of Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh. Bergonzi also has a sense of jazz history. His loping treatment of Thelonious Monk's "Pannonica" is fairly straight-ahead, while his playing takes on a bittersweet tone in Kenny Dorham's neglected ballad "La Mesha." This remarkable CD is well worth investigating. ~ Ken Dryden
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