Sat Oct. 7, 2017

Jerry Bergonzi Quartet (USA/DK/FIN)

Jerry Bergonzi: tenor saxophone
Carl Winther: piano
Johnny Åman: bass
Anders Mogensen: drums

When Stunt released „Sonic Shapes“ with the Carl Winther/Jerry Bergonzi Quartet, no one expected a follow-up. However, this is not yet another European trio looking to shine in the light of an American superstar. Since the album release in 2011, the quartet has become a regular band, and critics and audiences in the US and in much of Europe have taken them to their hearts. During their American tour this past fall the quartet recorded the material for this album – Tetragonz. Jerry Bergonzi has only praise for the collaboration where two-way inspiration seems natural and the compositions are evenly divided between Winther and Bergonzi.

Jerry Bergonzi is one of the great saxophonists of our times. He has influenced the jazz scene for the past 35 years. He represents an expressionistic line of jazz rooted in hard bop, and he is an artist with a lot to say. His technique and focus are formidable – he is an architect of music, and he can build a solo chiseled out in stone. In the 1970’s his apartment in New York was a gathering and rehearsal place for his musical peers: Joe Lovano, Bob Berg, Michael Brecker, Victor Lewis, Steve Grossman and John Scofield. He is in demand all over the world, and he has visited Denmark several times. In the 1980’s he returned to Boston, where he holds a professorship at the New England Conservatory of Music. He has tutored many musicians who are currently leading artists on the jazz scene, and he is internationally renowned for his books on improvisation. Bergonzi has toured with many other international jazz artists including Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Barron, Miles Davis, Mike Stern, Adam Nussbaum, Dave Brubeck and Joey Calderazzo. The iconic saxophonist Michael Brecker described Bergonzi as simply “the best saxophonist in the world”. He has recorded a great number of albums during a long and celebrated career – including a couple with Danish drumming legend Alex Riel, „The Riel Deal“ and „Unriel“, which also featured Michael Brecker. (...) (Peter H. Larsen)