Gene Bertoncini, a
master guitarist, retains the individual spirit of every song he plays
on this sparkling solo recital while imbuing each with his own style
rooted in melodic invention and harmonic nuance.
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A pristine recording, including Lush Life combined with Isfahan, Giant Steps tied to On a Misty Night, and Waltz for Debbie tagged to Very Early. Irwin Block
Richard Termine for The New York Times
Gene Bertoncini at Le Madeleine on Monday night.
Sundays and Mondays for the last 18 years at Le Madeleine, the Manhattan bistro on 43rd Street near Ninth Avenue, Gene Bertoncini has sat by the window and played his nylon-string guitar at a volume that does not cast a shadow over the skate wings and lamb-shank pasta.
These gigs blur the line between performance and background music. A few come especially to hear him; there they are every week, rapt at the closest tables. Musician friends might drop by and ignore the fourth wall, talking to him between songs, or sing something with his accompaniment after they’ve settled up. The rest of the diners are there just to eat.
Gene Bertoncini: Architect of the Guitar By Dr. Judith Schlesinger For the full story with links and photos, go to http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=28790
This is truly an amazing DVD
I'm asked all the time, "Does Gene give
private lessons?" "I heard that Gene performs every week in
New York. Where?" "How do I book Gene for a concert in my
David R. Adler: "There aren't a great many exponents of nylon-string acoustic jazz guitar, but Gene Bertoncini, one of the true masters, belongs near the top of the list. On this exquisite solo album, the veteran guitarist is recorded via a technology called Direct Stream Digital. Without going into cumbersome details, what this means is unparalleled sound quality, giving a glass-like sheen to Bertoncini's musical thoughts."
who plays all acoustic on this studio session, likes to enrich pieces with resonate inner voicings and pinging contrapuntal lines, executing
textured cords and pristine lines with such classical finesse that he
has been called " the Jazz Segovia" after the legendary
classical Spanish guitarist, Andres Segovia
NEW YORK CITY, March 2005 - "Quiet Now" the new SACD by guitar virtuoso Gene Bertoncini is released on Ambient Records.
To Purchase Gene's new CD QuiteNow go to AmbientRecords.com