Nathan Berg

Fish with No Fins

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Eighteen-year-old bassist Nathan Berg (son of jazz critic/educator Chuck Berg) performs a challenging set of music on his debut. Although prominent througout the date, Berg does not hog solo space and, by varying the personnel of his quartet (including three selections featuring hornless trios, the pianoless "Kurt, Rabo and Trout" and a bass-tenor duet on "Hey Joe"), this CD has its share of variety. Pianist Alan Broadbent emerges as the date's top soloist, Bob Sheppard contributes a few Coltrane-inspired improvisations, and drummer Carl Burnette offers tasteful support. Berg is quite mature in his playing, pushing the ensemble, taking a few well-constructed and thoughtful solos and showing talent as a composer. An excellent start for what may be an important career.

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