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Jerry Bergonzi: Shifting Gears

Jerry Bergonzi has spent his career based in Boston, his hometown. But despite only having lived in New York for several years, he is still widely regarded as one of the finest tenor players on the international scene. This album of originals highlights Bergonzi’s penchant for upper extended note clusters, dizzying arpeggios and an airy, quicksilver sound that puts him right alongside the late Michael Brecker for his fluid and sweeping harmonic vision.

A longtime faculty member at New England Conservatory, Bergonzi reunites here with sidemen from the constellation of colleges in the area. Trumpeter Phil Grenadier, brother of bassist Larry Grenadier and an accomplished bandleader in his own right, teaches at Brandeis University; pianist Bruce Barth met Bergonzi while studying at NEC; bassist Dave Santoro teaches at Berklee; and drummer Andrea Michelutti, who lives in Paris, is the wild card.

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