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Jerry Bergonzi: Just Within

This album has a dark quality-not menacing, but like a place where danger could appear. Tenor saxophonist Bergonzi’s trio (Dan Wall, organ; Adam Nussbaum, drums) conveys a tough, business-like approach. The leader’s tenor suggests, at various times, Trane, Rollins, Shorter, Joe Henderson and Charles Lloyd filtered though a modern, unsentimental, New York attitude. Wall, akin to the late Larry Young, is someone who can do more than play the Jimmy Smith party line, and Nussbaum is a springy, sometimes lumpy, Elvin Jones-influenced drummer who is plenty interactive.

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