All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...


Gene Bertoncini: Concerti


Sign in to view read count
What could possibly be better than hearing guitarist extraordinaire Gene Bertoncini on Concerti? Simply, being ten feet away from the bandstand and viewing his quicksilver style of playing, astounding an appreciative audience.

Bertoncini, over the course of several decades, has become an elder statesman plectrist, working in a number of settings—solo, duet, trio or larger ensembles. On Concierti , Bertoncini works with members of The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he has been a teacher for many years. With the exception of "Invitation," all of the arrangements were written by Bertoncini's colleagues at Eastman.

For purposes of presentation, the guitarist is working here with a string quartet that consists of Mark Feldman (first violin), Rob Morse (second violin), Kelly Dylia (viola) and Dana Leong (cello). In addition, ubiquitous New York jazz bassist David Finck is also a member of the ensemble.

The classical influence and jazz tendencies of Mark Feldman's work with guitarist John Abercrombie's quartet and his own ECM (2006's What Exit) can also be heard here.

The tunes selected for this album consist of six compositions that loosely fit under the heading of the Great American Songbook, including Bronislaw Kaper's "Invitation," Brooks Bowman's "East of the Sun," and even the Lennon/McCartney Beatles tune, "Eleanor Rigby." The remaining tracks include Bertoncini's "For Chet," with the late trumpeter Chet Baker in mind (and a frequent Bertoncini employer), and a 13-minute version of Joaquin Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez," segueing into piano icon Chick Corea's "Spain."

A most interesting aspect of the album is the way that Bertoncini and colleagues take turns emphasizing his acoustic nylon-string guitar, while keeping the strings tamped down on "East of the Sun" or quite the opposite for "Eleanor Rigby," where the melody's sharp edges are undertaken by the strings thus giving it a keener presentation than usual.

Likewise, a medley of Frederic Chopin's "Prelude (excerpt Opus 28 #4)," which melds into Jobim's ballad "How Insensitive," is played with the strings far in the background, while Cole Porter's "Every Time We Say Goodbye" provides an unusual take with the viola, cello and violins all ablaze.

This is an album that is full of surprises and one that is worthy of the Bertoncini's unmistakable musicianship.

Track Listing:

East of the Sun; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; For Chet; Eleanor Rigby; Every Time We Say Goodbye; Prelude (excerpt-Opus 28#4)/How Insensitive; Invitation; Concerto de Aranjuez (adagio)/Spain.

Personnel: Gene Bertoncini: guitar; Mark Feldman: first violin; Rob Moose: second violin; Kelly Dylia; viola; Dana Leong: cello; David Frinck; bass; Michael Patterson: conductor.

Title: Concerti | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Ambient Records


Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles


Ambient Records

Quiet Now

Quiet Now

Ambient Records

Acoustic Romance

Acoustic Romance

Sons of Sound

Just the Two of Us

Just the Two of Us

Chiaroscuro Records


Related Articles

Read Lala Belu CD/LP/Track Review
Lala Belu
by Chris May
Published: March 23, 2018
Read All Melody CD/LP/Track Review
All Melody
by Phil Barnes
Published: March 23, 2018
Read The Future is Female CD/LP/Track Review
The Future is Female
by Paul Rauch
Published: March 23, 2018
Read Hunters & Scavengers CD/LP/Track Review
Hunters & Scavengers
by Mark Corroto
Published: March 23, 2018
Read Fill Up Your Lungs and Bellow CD/LP/Track Review
Fill Up Your Lungs and Bellow
by Tyran Grillo
Published: March 22, 2018
Read Transatlantic CD/LP/Track Review
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 22, 2018
Read "Modern Lore" CD/LP/Track Review Modern Lore
by Doug Collette
Published: February 11, 2018
Read "Live at Pyatt Hall" CD/LP/Track Review Live at Pyatt Hall
by Jack Bowers
Published: January 23, 2018
Read "92 Years Young: Jammin' At The Gibbs House" CD/LP/Track Review 92 Years Young: Jammin' At The Gibbs House
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 5, 2017
Read "We're All Gonna Die" CD/LP/Track Review We're All Gonna Die
by Doug Collette
Published: October 1, 2017
Read "2" CD/LP/Track Review 2
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 19, 2017
Read "Overneath" CD/LP/Track Review Overneath
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 15, 2018