Gene Bertoncini is a wonderfully gifted musician (who just happens to play the guitar); but additionally, he's a great friend! And it is friendship that is the essence of this amazing album - a reunion with three of Gene's friends and collaborators: vibraphonist Mike Maineri, bassist Michael Moore, and drummer Joe Corsello. The music that results flows effortlessly and sublimely from each friend to the other; the sum is perhaps even greater than the parts (as auspicious as each performer is!). This is music with a purpose: an expression of friendship. Collaboration is the focus. There are exemplary solos - Michael Moore's arco rendition of Embraceable You one highlight for sure - but the music created serves the music, not the musician. The actual recording of the four friends also serves the music; it is so pure and transparent that I felt like I was in studio control room listening in! "Old friends are Gold", goes the old saying; this album is literal proof of that saying - it's pure gold!
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