I absolutely agree as well. There's a different timbre and intensity in Jerry's playing when he's on a metal Link. Personally, my favorite Gonz is the stuff he recorded with Brubeck back in the late 70's. His sound was simply incredible.
I disagree, actually; I prefer his sound on HR---I have been checking out Tenorist, I think it may be his newest recording. To me the HR piece sounds more controlled, and has more "mystery" to it. This recording is great, I love his playing on it--deep...
heath, you don't live in NC do you? Don't really know why but I think I may have met you down there.
Back to Bergonzi. The man is so amazing on many levels. I thank god for emusic as they seem to have a great deal of his stuff available for download there (and at around $.30 a track). Even the Brubeck stuff.
I have a tough time deciding who is the greates living tenor player. But he ranks way up there. I do remember the first time I heard him (Standard Gonz) and he was among one of the great many reasons I moved to Boston. He's such an amazing teachers too. And a wonderful human being. I can't say enough about the man and his music either. I also prefer his playing on metal. However, there is something about the hr brings a warmth to his sound too.
Mick Goodrick is killin' on those videos too (there's another one up there as well).
Obviously a genius level player.
I had a brief conversation with M Brecker once while he signed CD at a club.
After my compliments and general fan worshop, he modestly said Bergonzi was the guy that he most highly regarded.
Jerry got his main hard rubber piece from me...it is an original 10* slant sig Otto Link.
He had been playing an 8 or 8*, and just fell in love with this piece instantly. He said the facing was so perfect on it that it wasnt a big deal to go from the smaller tip to the 10*. Thats a whopping .135 tip on that piece!
Of course some of you will like him better on metal and others will like him more on the hard rubber...lets face it, Jerry sounds AMAZING on every piece he plays! I was thrilled that I could make him happy with a great mouthpiece.
I talked with him 2 weeks ago and he says he just loves the piece still.
Agreed! He's a brilliant musician and a fantastic teacher in addition to being a great guy. I prefer his sound on HR but I've always prefered "dark with balls" as opposed to the compact metal sound. (Brecker being the exception).
As for players at his level, there's a few, but they aren't better - just different. George Garzone comes to mind, as does Chris Potter. As much as I want to be, I'm just not a big Liebman fan. Lovano's great but he's no Gonz.
Gonz told me years ago that he used to play in a group with Garzone and rhythm section called "Gargonz". I would absolutely love to hear what that sounded like. Unfortunately they didn't record.
If you want to hear GREAT Bergonzi, there's an LP called "Caught in the Act" on Not Fat Records. It's a live album Jerry did in Australia and he told me that was HIS favourite recording of himself. It has Moment's notice on one side (!) of the album and Arbonius Unt and Softly on the other side. Brilliant!
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