Black Note

We are dealing with a band capable of producing a jazz torrid a la Jazz Messengers and that currently stands as one of the main references of the so-called neocon movement, while not expiring, in the choice of repertoire, in apologetic attitudes towards the past. The Black Note are distinguished not only for the sound and the exceptional expertise of the soloists, but also because they are to all intents and purposes the bearers of a new and unique conception regarding the direction of a band. Tony Mancuso, JazzNotice. Los Angeles Underground

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…just before his summons to the court of the monarch Miles Davis, Europe was travelled far and wide by Bob Berg, a young tenor saxophonist practically discovered by Horace Silver and then relaunched by Cedar Walton. From that period of growth and perhaps maturity for him, Berg now offers us a testimony that is all the more interesting because it seems that in Davis’ group, his card was played with considerable parsimony, a particle in the whole, a drop in the great river.

Bob Berg, on the other hand, has enough talent to be considered among the few or many (certainly not an army) who have something positive to say. His robust sound seldom bends to an overly articulated phrasing, because Berg generally resolves his music in extended layers of sound, perhaps aiming more at generic atmospheres than at detailed, syllabic, broken phrases. His music, if it can be understood in this way, is more a synthesis than an analysis. In any case the hold on the listener is immediate and lasting. Gian Mario Maletto, Musica Jazz. Steppin’