A keeper of the jazz tradition that places equal emphasis on arrangements and musicianship, with Berger's big band Israels has found an outlet for his writing and arranging that he cherishes. "I have got so much more interested in writing music and composing and arranging that I do it at a relatively high level...that is part of what I am doing with Dave. With Berger's connections to both Israels and Lincoln Center, a project similar to Hall Overton's orchestrations of Monk's compositions suggests itself: The music of Bill Evans arranged and orchestrated by Chuck Israels as performed by Berger's band. Now that would be an encore.
John Coltrane, Coltrane Time (UA-Blue Note, 1958)
George Russell, At The Five Spot (Decca/MCA/Verve, 1960)
Don Friedman, A Day in the City (Riverside-OJC, 1961)
Herbie Hancock, My Point of View (Blue Note, 1963)
Bill Evans, At Town Hall (Verve, 1966)
Chuck Israels, National Jazz Ensemble,Vol.1&2 (Chiaroscuro, 1975-76)