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Wayne Bergeron: Full Circle

Read "Full Circle" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Track and field aficionados will remember Olympic gold-medal-winning high-jumper, Dick Fosbury. Fosbury revolutionized his event by developing an unorthodox “backward flop" to hurdle the bar. No flop, for sure, but Full Circle from trumpeter Wayne Bergeron and his stellar Los Angeles teammates raise every aspect of the trumpeting and big band bar to atmospheric heights. Bergeron, a mainstay in the L.A. studios, is revered for his high note precision and acrobatic ability on the horn. His talent to ...

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Wayne Bergeron: Plays Well with Others

Read "Plays Well with Others" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “report card on trumpeter Wayne Bergeron is accurate--he definitely Plays Well with Others. While that alone would be enough to endorse Bergeron's second album as leader of his own big band, it is only one aspect of a superlative studio date on which the “others include a number of the Los Angeles area's busiest and most talented studio musicians and sidemen.

The ensemble is sharp and congenial, the charts amiable and inventive, the soloists resourceful and impressive. And to ...

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Wayne Bergeron/Rich Wetzel: Wayne Bergeron with Rich Wetzel's Groovin' Higher Jazz Orchestra

Read "Wayne Bergeron with Rich Wetzel's Groovin' Higher Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Harvey Siders

There is a "young man with a horn" in Tacoma, WA, named Rich Wetzel, who has taken on a millennial mission to re-create, preserve and in some instances update the big band excitement of that golden age called the Swing Era. Wetzel, far from unknown, is an established Holton-Leblanc trumpet clinician. And his dedication to the past has attracted musicians from the Puget Sound area who share his vision and admire his untiring efforts to acquire charts from the libraries ...

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Wayne Bergeron: You Call This a Living?

Read "You Call This a Living?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A rather slow summer for big-band albums has been redeemed in part by a number of trumpet-driven treasures -- Daniel Barry with Seattle's Jazz Police, Jon Faddis leading the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Alumni Band, Carl Saunders' dynamic Be Bop Big Band and this terrific new release by Wayne Bergeron's battle-hardened crew of southern California heavyweights who swing their way through everything from sparkling originals by Gordon Goodwin, Tom Kubis and Nick Lane to Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky's “Waltz of the Flowers" ...