These guys make it sound so effortless to make ageless sounds in the trio format. With tenor sax man Jerry Bergonzi out front, the atmosphere is a mix of late '50s/early '60s sensibilities and new millennium themes. Indeed, after a dozen and a half spins of the disc, Charlie Parker keeps coming to mindBergonzi is very at home in the upper register of the tenorsuggesting the Yardbird's potential flight path had he not died young. There is a bird-like (Yardbird-ish) quality to Bergonzi's sound; and it's not so much his tone, but his melodic approach. His lines seem encoded in a collective neurochemistry, odd and familiar at the same time, a natural flow, without a great deal of concern for artifical resolutions. The melody just is; it unfolds of its own accord and finds its own path.
Similar in concept to Joe Lovano's first Trio Facination CD with Elvin Jones and Dave Holland, Dreaming Out Loud is perhaps the superior outing of the two. Drummer Bob Kaufman, bassist Bruce Gertz, and tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi have played together for decades, and that comes through with their seamless collective sound. Throughout, Kaufman and Gertz set up churning rhythms of depth and complexity that Bergonzi bobs and weave through, for a sound that is simultaneously as free as Ornette Coleman and as accessible as Charlie Parker's Dial or Savoy stuff.
Track Listing: Fool Hardy, Dream Life, You Mention It Too, Draming Out Loud, Rivum With Ding, In It, Off the Trail,
Stumbling, Consequences, Left of Memory
Personnel: Bob Kaufman, drums; Bruce Gertz, bass; Jerry Bergonzi, tenor sax
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!