Am starting to sound like a broken record myself as I extol the virtues of the great Jerry Bergonzi with every album he releases.But do i care ? No I do not because he is that good i can assure you. Anybody new to Bergonzi's music should check out his recent output on the Savant label because every disc is an absolute musical gem.
Jerry is not your standard be-bop style tenor who's happy to swing his way through a set of standards nor is he an avant-garde player that can demand a lot of the listener. What you get for your money is someone making a connection with the listener through his horn and speaking the language of improvisation.Harmonies and melodies are explored to the 'nth degree in a way that few musicians can come close to.When he sets off on one of those runs that teases and tantilises this way and that, you never know when it will be resolved in the original melody.
There are albums by other musicians I listen to,and whilst great music,I have memorised almost every note and phrase by heart.There are some of bergonzi's albums i have played thirty,forty even fifty times and on each occasion the solos still sound fresh and new.Ask yourself how many other musicains you can say that of ?
This album sees Jerry in the trio format and whilst, at times,it's quite bleak and dark the improvisational mastery is there for all to here.The sparse setting means that every note really counts - there is no hiding behind pleasant harmonies on this record.He overdubs himself on Soprano and piano on occasions to soften the harshness and add a little depth but it really isn't needed. Just listen to this man improvise and that's all you'll take notice of.
Another great offering from a true genius of modern jazz.
Check out my other riveiws of Bergonzi's albums.