Gene Bertoncini – Body and Soul {ambient}_24bit96kHz

Gene Bertoncini – Body and Soul {ambient}_24bit96kHz

Mainstream, Cool, Standards, Guitar

24bit/96kHz, FLAC tracks, Front + back covers

854 MB.

AllMusic Review by David R. Adler

There aren’t a great many exponents of nylon-string acoustic jazz guitar, but Gene Bertoncini, one of the true masters, belongs near the top of the list. On this exquisite solo album, the veteran guitarist is recorded via a technology called Direct Stream Digital.

Without going into cumbersome details, what this means is unparalleled sound quality, giving a glass-like sheen to Bertoncini’s musical thoughts. It must be said, however, that Bertoncini would sound great recorded in far less ideal circumstances.

His arrangements combine the unlimited possibilities of jazz reharmonization with the rigors of legit classical guitar technique, resulting in highly individual reworkings of great standards.

The title track becomes a landscape of dark clusters and dissonance, while in parts of “My Funny Valentine” and “Greensleeves,” the melody occurs in the low register, framed by high-register chords and patterns — not something you’re likely to hear from even the best electric jazz guitarist.

Bertoncini even makes lesser showtunes like “Edelweiss” and “How Are Things in Glocca Morra” sound like mini-symphonies.

01. The Shadow of Your Smile (4:24)
02. My Funny Valentine (3:27)
03. How are things in Glocca Morra (4:16)
04. Body and Soul (4:20)
05. Edelweiss (2:21)
06. ‘Round Midnight (3:31)
07. Stardust (3:03)
08. But Beautiful (2:03)
09. I Remember You (3:18)
10. Greensleeves (4:16)
11. Cavatina (2:54)
12. Sophisticated Lady (3:17)
13. Snowfall (1:42)

Gene Bertoncini – guitar

Produced by Mark Conese, Charlie Mangold and Gene Bertoncini
All arrangements by Gene Bertoncini
Engineered by Mark Conese
Recorded at Ambient Recording Company, Stamford, CT
Cover art by Chanzy Nobile
Liner notes by Terry Teachout

1999, Ambient Records, LLC. P.O. Box 54 Easton, CT, 06612

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