Jul 09

Jerry Bergonzi – Spotlight On Standards (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:03:19 minutes | 1,3 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Savant

There’s an old saying that a great jazz musician never plays a song the same way once. That could certainly be said of Jerry Bergonzi. He is an intellectual artist of uncompromising integrity and a bold, original composer. On Jerry’s new Savant recording he returns to the organ-tenor trio format after a long hiatus from it. From the opening track, Cy Coleman’s “Witchcraft” with its hypnotic organ vamp and “bewitching” chord substitutions Jerry gives to the first 8 bars, you know this isn’t going to be your parents’ organ-tenor gig. Bergonzi and his discmates, Renato Chicco on organ and Andrea Michelutti on drums, take these standards down new harmonic paths and use them as a launching pad for fertile and impressive improvisation. The playing is always intense and distinctive, fresh and spontaneous.

1. Witchcraft
2. Bi-Solar
3. Blue Cube
4. First Lady
5. Gabriella
6. Dancing in the Dark
7. Out of Nowhere
8. Come Rain or Come Shine
9. Stella by Starlight

Jerry Bergonzi – tenor sax
Renato Chicco – B-3 organ
Andrea Michelutti – drums