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Album Review

Jerry Bergonzi has long been one of the top tenor saxophonists of his generation, though too many critics have typically overlooked his work in favor of major-label stylists on his instrument. Joined by a fine rhythm section, including pianist Renato Chicco, bassist Dave Santoro, and drummer Andrea Michelutti (all of whom are worthy of wider recognition as well), Bergonzi also takes advantage of his first date for Savant to feature his considerable skills as a composer. His robust approach to tenor is immediately apparent in his catchy "Acookarache," a powerful post-bop vehicle with a Latin undercurrent. "Bob Berg" is a driving midtempo tribute to its namesake, a fine tenor saxophonist who died in a tragic holiday traffic accident a few years prior to this session. Also enjoyable is "Stumbelina," a quirky, playful theme that the musicians interpret flawlessly. The leader's rapid-fire "Skull Shining" is a wild roller coaster anthem that seems like a natural piece to expand for a larger ensemble. The one standard of the date is a snappy treatment of "You're My Everything." This rewarding effort is well worth acquiring.

Customer Reviews

Gonz is the Tenor of the Times

In my short travels I have come across many extremely well known and talented saxophonists, almost all of whom Jerry Bergonzi is their favorite saxophonist! Bergonzi's latest record, Tenor of the Times, is well worth acquiring. Hi sound is distinct and robust, unlike any other saxophonist around. His compositions are particularly enjoyable on this record, using unpredictable techniques and motifs. Not to mention Bergonzi is one of the great improvisers of the Jazz art. Also, for those of us who live in parts where jazz is not well stocked in our record stores, itunes provides an opportunity to own this record.

Yet Again

Recently I decided that my favorite album by Bergonzi was "Just Within". I have been listening to it for a couple years now, and think it is a compositional masterwork. I recently bought "Tenor of the Times", and I have a new favorite! Jerry Bergonzi has been blowing for years, and he shows his maturity in this new release. Tracks like "Cadiz" don't focus on virtuosity and technique, but more on the lyrical and almost voice-like tone which Bergonzi is admired for. But just when the listener is awed by the expressive playing, Bergonzi will whip out a burner like "Skull Shining" and impress all with his instrumental facility and great sense of time. This album is a must buy for any tenor player, jazz composer, or anyone who wants to expose themselves to a legend.

Gonz Kills!

He is incredible! You know he's good if Brecker regarded him as the best tenor player when he was alive. Then you listen and you think holy crap this cat can play!


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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Tenor of the Times, Jerry Bergonzi
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  • $6.93
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: May 23, 2006

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