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Jerry Bergonzi : Tenorist

Saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi’s credentials in the field of jazz education are well documented. His qualifications, however, are never more apparent than when he’s wielding his tenor with the kind of harmonic ingenuity and rhythmic assurance heard on this pianoless quartet session.

In the album’s liner notes, the veteran reedman points to guitarist John Abercrombie as a key factor in shaping the album’s nine performances, most of which are original pieces. Playing with Abercrombie, he says, “is not like playing with just any guitarist. You never know what sounds he’ll play, and you want to inspire him and be prepared to be inspired.”

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