– Gene Bertoncini, who plays for happy eaters on Sundays and Mondays at Le Madeleine, is appearing this Thursday at the Jazz Standard in a “celebration” of the release of Quiet Now, his second CD of unaccompanied solos for acoustic guitar. As I wrote in the liner notes for its predecessor, Body and Soul, Gene is
one of those musicians whom I seek out, no matter where they’re working. That’s the nice thing about living in New York–you can really keep up with great artists like Gene–and that’s why I can say with certainty that his playing has gotten better with every passing year. The emotions grow steadily deeper, the harmonies richer and more oblique, the textures more eloquently spare. He was never one to throw around his technique, but now he doesn’t waste any notes at all: every one rings true….
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– Last Dance, Mirra Bank‘s 2002 cinema-verit