Da casa Savant, un’uscita che miglior celebrazione non poteva essere allo spirito del jazz della label di Joe Fields, sicuramente la più “jazz” della popolata scena contemporanea. In quest’occasione le “luci” vengono da due personaggi semplicemente giganteschi: il sax del celebrato Jerry Bergonzi ed il pianista Eric Reed in due nuovissimi progetti.
ERIC REED - THE DANCING MONK
Look in the dictionary under "Renaissance Man" and you may just find a picture of Eric Reed. Not only did Ahmad Jamal cite him as "one of my very favorite pianists," not only has he worked with such diverse talents as Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Jessye Norman, Patti Labelle, Quincy Jones, Natalie Cole and others but he has composed scores for film makers Eddie Murphy and Tim Story and annually serves as musical director for "Revelations with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater." Somehow he still finds time to teach, perform and cut his latest disc for Savant, "The Dancing Monk." Here the genius of Thelonious Monk is refracted through the prism of Eric's own creativity resulting in 'thoughts on' rather than a 'tribute to' one of the true titans of improvised music. As Eric wrote in his album annotations, "Far beyond what his legacy entails artistically, [Monk] stands as tall and strong as an oak in his character, singular determination, thirst for knowledge, raw defiance and tenacity to swing. It is with the greatest respect that I offer this first album of treatments of Thelonious Monk's compositions."
Eric Reed - piano;
Ben Wolfe - bass;
McClenty Hunter - drums
Ask Me Now; Eronel; Reflections; Light Blue; Ruby, My Dear; Pannonica; Ugly Beauty; The Dancing Monk; 'Round Midnight; Blue Monk
JERRY BERGONZI - CONVERGENCE
If you like your jazz full of ostentatious show and torrents of notes full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, be warned that you encounter nothing but sheer musicality when it comes to the Boston saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi. But Bergonzi's no-nonsense approach to music cannot mask the fact that he is one of the most remarkable jazz saxophonists on the planet. His tenor sound has developed a rather crackling quality now, and between the twisting, dry-toned runs he can sometimes hammer home a dramatic punctuation of snorting Coltrane-like split-notes. He's a supreme spontaneous melodist, however. The sound effects of the avant-garde are merely markers on compellingly logical yet constantly diverted journeys. Bergonzi is backed by his usual colleagues, Dave Santoro (bass) and Andrea Michelutti (drums) and this time out he is joined by pianist Bruce Barth. Featuring a program of Bergonzi's quirky compositions and a track by Jerry's favorite songwriters, the Gershwins, the musicians work together with a uniformity of intent and vision that perfectly personifies the release's title, "Convergence."
Bergonzi - tenor & soprano saxophones;
Dave Santoro - bass;
Andrea Michelutti - drums;
Bruce Barth - piano
Tracks: Lend Me a Dream; I've Got a Crush On You; Squid Ink; Stoffy; Silent Flying; Osiris; Mr. Higgins; Ddodd; Convergence; Seventh Ray