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Jerry Bergonzi: The Seven Rays (Savant)

It’s useful, but not imperative, to read Scott Yanow’s liner notes in order to understand the concept behind The Seven Rays. They explain the titling of the first seven tracks after, as Bergonzi puts it, “particular ideas and types of people”: magnetism, harmony, knowledge, and so on. The liners go on to dissect what’s happening … Read More “Jerry Bergonzi: The Seven Rays (Savant)”

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Jerry Bergonzi: Dog Star (Savant)

Touring Europe in recent years, Boston-based saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi joined a trio led by Danish pianist Carl Winther, with bassist Johnny Aman and drummer Anders Mogensen. On his latest studio date, Dog Star, Bergonzi’s burnished tenor tone and thoughtful, exploratory approaches to playing, composing and arranging make a natural pairing with Winther’s band and trumpeter … Read More “Jerry Bergonzi: Dog Star (Savant)”

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Jerry Bergonzi: Spotlight on Standards

The beams of this particular spotlight have the power to reharmonize, a favorite tactic for Jerry Bergonzi when it comes to playing selections from the Great American Songbook. Messing with changes is one thing, though; doing so in an organ-trio format-marking the first time the tart-toned tenor saxophonist has recorded with an organist in 25 … Read More “Jerry Bergonzi: Spotlight on Standards”

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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 … Read More “Jerry Bergonzi: Rigamaroll”

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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, … Read More “Jerry Bergonzi: Shifting Gears”

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Jerry Bergonzi: Convergence

This is a continuation of Simply Put and Three for All, Jerry Bergonzi’s previous two Savant albums. Convergence contains the same personnel (bassist Dave Santoro and drummer Andrea Michelutti, with pianist Bruce Barth listed on two tracks) and the same industrial-strength tenor saxophone playing. Bergonzi also overdubs soprano sax on certain melody statements and solos … Read More “Jerry Bergonzi: Convergence”

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