Nearly Blue, Jerry Bergonzi
Jerry Bergonzi is a fount of harmonic ingenuity, melodic integrity, and rhythmic authority, and has long been a standard-bearer of sorts for the jazz community. A prolific composer prone to taking deep dives that put serious theory into profound practice, his discography is filled with smart and imaginative originals that twist and turn in unexpected fashion. But a passion for standard gems of yesteryear, the lingua franca of jazz, also fires his creative impulses and figures into his work. In fact, the tried-and-true classics serve as a source of limitless potential for his horn.
This follow-up to his Spotlight on Standards session once again features Bergonzi’s slightly off-center take on the tenor-organ-drums trio format while the songs on this set list function as both reminders about Bergonzi’s eminence in the jazz world and love letters from the man to the music. “I just adore the melodies of these tunes. I love standards. People always tell me, ‘Man, you’ve got to make more records like this,'” Bergonzi says, “and I’m happy to oblige. I’m just delighted that Savant is totally behind me and this music.”
Jerry Bergonzi, tenor saxophone
Renato Chicco, Hammond B-3 organ
Andrea Michelutti, drums