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Jerry Bergonzi: Rigamaroll

For someone who’s always been reluctant to tout his skills as a composer, Boston-based saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi certainly knows how to write to his strengths.Hard-charging, riff-based tunes prove that time and again here, providing bracing impetus for a veteran reedman known for his harmonic acumen, commanding improvisations and aggressive attack. In fact, after listening to just a few compelling performances from Rigamaroll-the aptly titled “Awake” will do for starters-fellow saxophonists shouldn’t be surprised if they suddenly find themselves feeling a bit winded, and awestruck.

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