Jerry Bergonzi

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Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi's debut as a leader finds him heading a particularly strong group that also features guitarist Mick Goodrick, bassist Bruce Gertz and drummer Jeff Williams. Bergonzi was starting to shed his John Coltrane influence, his interplay with the sidemen is impressive (hearing Goodrick in this setting is a treat), and the six originals (four by Bergonzi and two by Gertz) are diverse and challenging enough to make this small-label LP worth searching for by post-bop collectors.