Open iTunes to preview, buy and download music.
Noted educator and saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi put together an all-star cast for Vertical Reality, sharing the frontline with guitarist Mike Stern. The title of the album may refer to the nature of Bergonzi's playing and arranging in general; his emphasis is on the vertical, harmonic nature of each tune rather than singable lines and enduring melodies. The presence of Stern (five tracks), as well as the strong supporting cast including Andy LaVerne (piano, four tracks), George Mraz (bass), and Billy Hart (drums), all truly make an impact on this recording. Bergonzi is far subtler and more effective in his approach here, creating accessible post-bop while leaving considerable improvisational space for each of the players. Vertical Reality is split between Bergonzi originals and standards principally arranged by LaVerne. Highlights include a hard-edged, Stern-dominated version of Bergonzi's "Jones" and swinging interpretations of "On Green Dolphin Street" and "Lover Man." This is a recommended Bergonzi release.
Born: 04 December 1947 in New York, NY
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s
Top Albums and Songs by Andy LaVerne
||Elm||Universal Mind||5:23||1,29 €||View In iTunes|
||Bossa nova medley: Desafinado/O Grande Amor/The Girl From Epanema||Stan Getz In Chappaqua||5:52||1,29 €||View In iTunes|
||500 Miles High||Stan Getz In Chappaqua||6:18||1,29 €||View In iTunes|
||Summer in Central Park||Serenade to Silver||5:11||1,29 €||View In iTunes|
||Elm||Buy One Get One Free||6:20||1,29 €||View In iTunes|
||Note Worthy||At the Kitano, Vol. 1 (feat. Gary Versace & Anthony Pinciotti)||9:27||1,29 €||View In iTunes|
||Stan Getz In Chappaqua||Stan Getz In Chappaqua||3:33||1,29 €||View In iTunes|
||Dear Old Stockholm||Stan Getz In Chappaqua||7:59||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Nutville/ Cape Verdean||Serenade to Silver||6:05||1,29 €||View In iTunes|
||Nature Boy||Too Grand||8:36||Album Only||View In iTunes|