COUNTING BEATS

Reviews and Recommended Jazz by Nick Bewsey

Tag: Savant Records

JERRY BERGONZI, RIGAMAROLL

Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi muscles his way through Rigamaroll, his tenth recording for the Savant label, with an improvisational surge that’s sonically thrilling. Continue reading

ERIC REED, THE ADVENTUROUS MONK

Philadelphia-born pianist Eric Reed grew up playing in his father’s storefront Baptist church and was discovered to be a child prodigy at age two. He was steered away from gospel and church music to classical, but dug jazz so much after hearing Art Tatum and Ramsey Lewis that he devoted himself to a different kind of soul music. He recounts in his bio that “I wasn’t interested in practicing Bach; I was too busy digging Horace Silver!” Fast forward to a call from Wynton Marsalis inviting Reed to tour with his band, a gig that lasted from 1990- 1995 and established the pianist as a first-rate player, bandleader and educator as well an artist with more than 25 solo recordings to his credit.

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