Tenorist 507


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    Tenorist 507 Savant Records (Jazz)

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Review Text Jerry Bergonzi isn't the most recognized tenor saxophonist on the planet, as he has spent a long time in jazz education, though his discography as a leader is extensive. But since making his mark as a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet in the mid-'70s and then going off on his own, he has continued to grow as a player and developed a sound all his own. For these 2006 studio sessions, he utilizes a different rhythm section than on his first Savant CD, with guitarist John Abercrombie taking the place of a pianist, Adam Nussbaum now on drums, and the return of bassist Dave Santoro from the previous date. The music includes a mix of old and new originals. Bergonzi revisits his quirky "Gecko Plex," expressing himself with a solo bordering on avant-garde in spots. The playful off-center Latin rhythm in "Czarology" proves immediately infectious, while he overdubs a second tenor in "With Reference," which invites obvious comparisons to the collaborations of Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh. Bergonzi also has a sense of jazz history. His loping treatment of Thelonious Monk's "Pannonica" is fairly straight-ahead, while his playing takes on a bittersweet tone in Kenny Dorham's neglected ballad "La Mesha." This remarkable CD is well worth investigating. ~ Ken Dryden

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Gecko Plex
  2. 2. Pannonica
  3. 3. Simultaneous Looks
  4. 4. Table Steaks
  5. 5. La Mesha
  6. 6. Czarology
  7. 7. With Reference
  8. 8. Creature Feature
  9. 9. On Again Off Again

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