Jerry Bergonzi, by Lloyd Whitty

Saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi has had a long and distinguished career as a performer, composer and clinician. After starting his career with the Dave Brubeck quartet in the 70s he has continued to hone his skills, and his latest recording on Savant Records, By Any Other Name is a testament to his talents.

What I find interesting about the recording is that the tunes are based on standards like Bye Bye Blackbird and Joy Spring. I really had to listen hard to figure out what each tune was based on. His melodic lines are effortless and his harmonic sense is a joy to listen to. My favorite tune on the CD was "PG2013" which is loosely based on "Giant Steps" by Coltrane. As a sax player that tune has always been a challenge for me and I'm really impressed with his imaginative take on this classic.  If you haven't heard of Jerry Bergonzi, this is your chance to give him a listen and discover someone who keeps jazz exciting.