Totti Bergh

Tenor Gladness

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Totti Bergh is a fine Norwegian tenorman who is quite unknown in the U.S., but American jazz fans will be interested in this LP due to the presence of the great tenor Al Cohn. Cohn and Bergh make for a strong team on seven standards while backed by a fine Norwegian rhythm section (pianist Egil Kapstad, bassist Terje Venaas, and drummer Ole Jacob Hansen). Both tenors swing well together on such tunes as "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me," "East of the Sun," and "The Hymn," and their version of "Skylark" is quite lyrical. This is a tasteful if somewhat obscure effort, well worth checking out by straight-ahead jazz fans.

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