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Gene Bertoncini: Concerti

Read "Concerti" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

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 ...

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Gene Bertoncini: Concerti

Read "Concerti" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il chitarrista americano Gene Bertoncini ha alle spalle una lunghissima carriera a metà fra il jazz e la musica classica, senza dimenticare il suo lavoro come session man per sedute legate al cinema e alla musica commerciale e senza scordare la sua pluridecennale attività didattica. A settant’anni dimostra con questo lavoro di essere ancora in gran forma e ...

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Gene Bertoncini: Concerti

Read "Concerti" reviewed by Laurel Gross

At 70, guitarist Gene Bertoncini continues to make standards and classics breathe and shimmer, inviting listeners to experience them in new ways. On Concerti, his considerable skill at navigating a nylon-stringed guitar are complemented by a group of highly capable string players and clever arrangements, all crucial to this winning endeavor. Engineer Mark Conese deserves mention ...

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Gene Bertoncini: Concerti

Read "Concerti" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Concerti is twenty-six strings vibrating: A string quartet--two violins, a viola and a cello--with a bass added on the bottom end, fronted by the nylon-string acoustic guitar of Gene Bertoncini.

A top notch guitarist who has taught for forty years at the Eastman School of Music, Bertoncini enlisted some of his colleagues from the school ...

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Leslie Pintchik: Quartets

Read "Quartets" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

How to keep the exacting piano-trio format fresh sounding? Leslie Pintchik rises to that challenge by making the trio a quartet. Not one or many quartets, but two quartets. The strategy is a successful one.

On five tracks, pianist Pintchik, bassist Scott Hardy and drummer Mark Dodge are joined by percussionist Satoshi Takeishi (the brother ...

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Leslie Pintchik: Quartets

Read "Quartets" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La pianista Leslie Pintchik si era già distinta con il suo brillante esordio discografico del 2004, grazie ad un trio insolito con chitarra e percussioni. È decisamente un’artista camaleontica, che non si adagia sulle forme consolidate del piano jazz. Lo dimostra ancora una volta il suo nuovo disco, in cui cambiano gli orizzonti timbrico-armonici della formula esplorata in precedenza. ...

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Leslie Pintchik: Quartets

Read "Leslie Pintchik: Quartets" reviewed by Virginia A. Schaefer

Leslie Pintchik
Quartets
Ambient Records
2007

Both quartets on Quartets include pianist Leslie Pintchik, bassist Scott Hardy and drummer Mark Dodge. One quartet extends its percussion section with Satoshi Takeishi, who played drums and percussion on Pintchik's first release, So Glad to Be Here (Ambient Records, 2004). The other quartet ...

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Leslie Pintchik: Quartets

Read "Quartets" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

For her second album, pianist Leslie Pintchik has chosen an unusual musical motif. While her debut, Glad to be Here (Ambient, 2004), featured a piano trio, Quartets presents two distinctly different ensembles: one with Pintchik, alongside percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, bassist Scott Hardy and drummer Mark Dodge; the other with alto/soprano saxophonist, Steve Wilson replacing Takeishi. The ...

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Leslie Pintchik: Quartets

Read "Quartets" reviewed by Christopher Shoe

Leslie Pintchik is a newer face on the jazz scene and Quartets is a respectable contribution that keeps in tide with her growing reputation.

Pintchik's approach to jazz does not rely on flashy lines or complex chordal movement like many of her peers; instead, it focuses on strong improvised material backed by a ...

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Leslie Pintchik: Quartets

Read "Quartets" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Leslie Pintchik, an adept interpreter of American Songbook classics and a composer of beautifully melodic tunes, emerged on the jazz scene in 2004 with the trio set So Glad to Be Here (Ambient Records). AAJer John Kelman, in his review of the disc, wrote of her inhabiting a “dangerously occupied middle ground, [with] a trick ...