of Sound eNews 12.01.03
1. Spotlight: Guitar
Master Gene Bertoncini
2. Airwaves: Acoustic
Romance completes 8 weeks in
the Top 20!
3. Print: Reviewers
keep digging Canyon and
4. Stage: December Gig Calendar online
5. Cyberspace: Sons of Sound recordings in the Apple
iTunes Music Store
6. School: The Commission Project presents
Walt Weiskopf and "Sight To Sound"
7. Conference: Look for us at IAJE and MIDEM
8. Next: Moon Over The World by Akira
of the most eloquent and versatile masters
of the guitar, Gene
Bertoncini has performed with
Benny Goodman, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett,
Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter and many others,
in addition to composer/arrangers Burt
Bacharach, Lalo Schifrin, and Michel Legrand.
An architect by training, Bertoncini is
respected for the superb structure of his
arrangements, the quality of his improvisations,
and the virtuosity of his technique.
In praise of his performances on the classical
nylon-stringed guitar, Ken Dryden of the Chattanooga
Times Free Press points out: "Few
jazz musicians have devoted themselves
to acoustic guitar, but Gene Bertoncini
is a happy exception." Daniel
Gewertz of The Boston Herald adds
that Bertoncini "raised the
all of soft, seductive jazz to new levels
of grace and adventure." Lee
Prosser of Jazz Review calls Gene "one
of the finest guitarists to perform the
American Songbook" and Gene's
latest CD, Acoustic
Romance, "jazz acoustic guitar
at its best."
press time, Gene Bertoncini's Acoustic
Romance is still on the JazzWeek charts
for the 10th consecutive week, having enjoyed
a two-month run in the Top 20,
peaking at #9. Our thanks
go to the program directors and listeners
across the country for such tremendous
of December 1st, Mike Holober's Canyon is #8
Chartbound on JazzWeek.
The recording is also working its way up
the CMJ Jazz charts, reaching #21 during
the month of November.
Stay tuned, as this campaign will run for
the rest of the year. The record is expected
to draw additional media coverage later
this month as January magazines hit the
Holober is the subject of a feature
in the Westchester Gazette,
a profile of the pianist/composer that
also centers on Mike's new CD, Canyon.
Thomas Staudter writes: Canyon features "an
all-star ensemble ready for any kind
of musical adventure. Fittingly, Holober's
seven original compositions and sparkling
arrangements of two familiar standards
provide a landscape worthy enough for
this cast of musicians, and the
album stands as a perfect example of
what cohesive jazz artistry should be:
a set of performances that continue to
intrigue and reward listeners over the
course of time, where different
facets of musicanship and creativity
are discovered with each new visit."
months after its release, The
Commission Project by the American
Saxophone Quartet continues to attract
notice. In the Winter/Spring 2004 issue
of Planet Jazz, Ethan Zames points
out that the disc "may not be jazz
in the strictest sense, but it
is terrific, and it'll make up for the
deficiency of polyphony in most jazz libraries.
Go buy it."
Monaco adds her praise for Acoustic
Romance to this month's All
About Jazz: "Guitarist
extraordinare Gene Bertoncini wows, soothes
and swings his way through eleven gorgeous
jazz classics on Acoustic
Romance, strumming, picking, running
up and down the neck of his nylon-string
acoustic guitar with the intricate multi-layered
stylings true to his architectural training… While
it can be said that the world doesn’t
need another guitar trio record, this one
is an exception for many reasons: from
the elaborate reharmonizing of 'Edelweiss'
to the snappy 'Invitation,'Bertoncini,
along with the masterful bassist Rufus
Reid and the equally inventive drummer
Akira Tana, succeeds in making all of these
standards sound like his own… a
truly lovely hour-long journey."
The month of December features Jay
Leonhart performing each Sunday
at 2PM and 8PM with vocalist Barbara
Carroll at the Oak Room of the Algonquin
Hotel in New York City, while Trio member Joe
Cohn performs twice weekly in
New York City at Zuni (Mondays) and Fat
Cat (Tuesdays). Jay winds up the year
at the Desert Jazz Party in Palm Springs,
CA on the 28th. (A photo of Jay performing
in NYC with Michael Feinstein is prominently
displayed in the Sunday, November 30th
issue of The New York Times.)
Also in December, Gene Bertoncini supports Acoustic
Romance Sundays and Mondays in New
York City at Le Madeleine and
in Annapolis, MD on December 25-27… Akira
Tana tours of Japan December
2-15 with the Dusco Goykavic Quartet,
featuring Don Friedman and Ron McLure.
Mr. Tana returns to San Francisco for
a set at Bacar on Tuesday, December 16th.… and
on Fridays this month, guitarist Bob
Sneider and pianist Paul
Hofmann gear up for their next
release, Interconnection, at
the Little Theatre Café in Rochester,
Please remember that our artist performance calendar is
online! Check here often
for the latest gig information.
of Sound is pleased to announce that our
catalog is being made available for download
from Apple Computer's iTunes Music
Store. The first titles have begun
to appear, with more content on the way.
Please download the iTunes software for
Macintosh or Windows, then search the store
yourself or follow links from our website,
like this one to Canyon by Mike
wrapped up touring with Steely Dan, saxophonist Walt
Weiskopf will premiere his 10-movement
jazz suite titled "Sight to Sound" and
lead educational workshops in Rochester,
NY and New York City.
Commission Project (TCP)
is proud to present the world premiere
of the piece on December 9 at 7:30
p.m. at the School of the Arts (SOTA),
45 Prince Street, Rochester, NY. An
educational workshop led by Weiskopf
will follow on December 10 at 10 a.m.
at SOTA. The workshop is free and open
to the public. Please call Alan Tirre
at SOTA at (585) 242-7682, ext. 1170,
to reserve a place at the workshop.
is repeating the workshop in New York City
at LaGuardia High School on
December 11, and the concert at CAMI
Hall on December 12. Both sets
of events are made possible with support
from TCP, SOTA, Chamber Music America,
CAMI, prime8media, and Starbucks Coffee.
Tickets to both concerts may be purchased
"Sight to Sound" was created
with generous support from Chamber Music
America's New Works: Creation and Presentation
Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable
Foundation. The concert features the Walt
Weiskopf Sextet, comprised of Weiskopf,
tenor sax; Andy Fusco, alto sax; John Mosca,
trombone; Walt's brother, Joel, piano;
Doug Weiss, bass; and Billy Drummond, drums.
Says Weiskopf: "'Sight to Sound' is
based on the inspiration I take from great
painters. The movements are marked
'Sight,' 'Miro on the Wall,' 'Pablo,' 'Camille,'
'Claude,' 'Salvador,' 'Canvas,' 'Toulouse,'
'Vincent,' and 'Sound.'"
Born in Augusta, Ga., and raised in Syracuse,
N.Y., Weiskopf is a professor at and a
graduate of the Eastman School of Music.
In 1980, he moved to New York City, where
he joined the Buddy Rich Big Band at age
21 and, three years later, the Toshiko
Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. During his stint
with Akiyoshi, Weiskopf began writing for
his own group and recording his first of
10 albums. His two most recent albums, Man
of Many Colors and Siren,
have garnered considerable acclaim, with
the latter racking up four and half stars
in DownBeat and winning Crusader Magazine's "Jazz
Pick of the Year." JazzTimes magazine
recently named Weiskopf one of the five
most underrated jazz musicians on the scene
January 2004, Sons of Sound will be attending
both the IAJE Convention
in New York City (January 20-24) and the MIDEM Conference
in Cannes (January 24-28).
Please contact us to schedule a meeting,
or just drop by the respective stands:
IAJE Conference Exhibitor booth 213, or
MIDEM 2004 stand 05.24.
Up for release on February 16, 2004 is Moon
Over The World by Akira Tana
Joined by bassist Rufus Reid and pianist
Ted Lo, the drummer leads a unique "Asian-American" project
that draws upon Chinese and Japanese pop
and folk melodies as inspiration for a
set of improvisational jazz. Just as the
American songbook has provided many of
the standards of the jazz repertoire, Tana
and his trio look to the East for fresh
material with broad cultural appeal. The
results are enjoyable and impressive.
Joel Roberts in All About Jazz writes: "Tana,
Reid and Co. have the chops and the imagination
to elevate the material above the norm,
and the good sense to have fun with a fun
idea." Jeff Potter of Modern Drummer adds: "teamed
with supremo bassist Rufus Reid, Tana’s
drumming leads the pack with nimble touch
and urgent groove."
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