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Album Review

In spite of a productive career, tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, like many American jazz musicians, seems far more appreciated in Europe than his homeland. For much of the 1980s and '90s, there were many more opportunities for him to record on the continent, with the Italian label Red being one of his frequent sources for sessions. Bergonzi's forceful sound owes a lot to Sonny Rollins on this date, while he also shows a bit of humor in his playing. The percolating "World" is a fine opener, with an underlying Afro-Cuban rhythm backing Bergonzi's robust solo. The catchy riff tune "Inside Out" lopes along, suggestive of Joe Henderson. There's only one standard, heard in two takes, with the alternate take being a little more aggressive and risk-taking. Pianist Salvatore Bonafede, bassist Bruce Gertz, and drummer Salvatore Tranchini make up the fine rhythm section, though the label forgot to include their names in this expanded CD reissue of the original LP, which adds two bonus tracks. Unfortunately, it seems to have lapsed from print and Inside Out will be somewhat difficult to acquire.

Biography

Born: October 21, 1947 in Boston, MA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A fine, high-powered tenor saxophonist with a tone influenced by John Coltrane, a mastery of chord changes, and a strong musical imagination, Jerry Bergonzi has long had an underground following in the Boston area. He started on clarinet when he was eight, switching to alto at 12, and finally to tenor two years later. Bergonzi was inspired early on by Sonny Rollins, Coltrane, and Hank Mobley. He attended Lowell University and then after graduation played electric bass in local bands behind singers...
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