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Playing solo jazz requires skill and dexteritynot just as a player, but also in selecting the tunes and keeping the listener's attention locked in. Gene Bertoncini balances his program on Quiet Now with standards, classical tunes, and a Brazilian piece. He keeps the going tight; the CD clocks in under 42 minutes, time enough to make a statement and leave behind a sense of fulfillment. This stems not only from the selections, which suit his gentle, laid back approach and his crisp, translucent playing, but also the way he lets melody sweep across in warm tonal colours and lets harmony extend cogent expression.
Of the four medleys, his pairing of "Giant Steps" and "On a Misty Night may seem unusual until Bertoncini gets right to the gist. He slows down the pulse of the first and then invigorates the second with a bright harmonic touch, the contrast working well enough. Over on the classical side, he lets the melody of Schumann's "Traumerei fall softly, adding texture and harmonic depth through the use of the bass strings. He brings about the innate sentimentality of "My One and Only Love in slow exposition, never missing out on the underlying vibrancy, a quality that rises from the chunky chords he intersperses into the melody.
Track Listing: Lush Life/Ifsahan; My One and Only Love; Giant Steps/On a Misty Night; Traumerei; So in
Love/The More I See You; Olha Maria; Quiet Now; Nessun Dorma; Waltz for Debbie/Very
Early; Theme From Bang the Drum Slowly.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com