[JPL] This week on The Jazz Session: Roland Vazquez & Gene Bertoncini

Jason Crane | The Jazz Session jason at thejazzsession.com
Mon Aug 16 00:35:42 EDT 2010

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(AUGUST 16, 2010) -- My friends in The Respect Sextet provide the theme 
music for each episode of The Jazz Session. This week, the band releases 
its new album, Farcical Built For Six. On Tuesday, August 17, The 
Respect Sextet returns to Le Poisson Rouge in New York City for an album 
release party. For more information, visit:

(On a side note, my good friend Jeff Vrabel wrote the liner notes for 
their new album. You'll find his humor columns and music reviews at 

I spent the past week in New York City. On Wednesday night, I was 
fortunate to see Tyshawn Sorey's new quartet at Roulette. Fantastic 
music. The next day, I recorded interviews with Kneebody's Shane Endsley 
and with pianist John Escreet, who was part of Sorey's band.

I know that many of you started listening to The Jazz Session after I 
joined up with All About Jazz. With that in mind, I'm going to bring you 
some shows from the early days. This Thursday's episode is a 2007 
interview with guitarist Gene Bertoncini that originally aired as TJS #27.

This week on the show: Roland Vazquez (TJS #191, Monday) and Gene 
Bertoncini (TJS #192, Thursday).

Next week: Jimmy Amadie (TJS #193, Monday) and Shane Endsley of Kneebody 
(TJS #194, Thursday).

This week on The Jazz Session:

TJS #191: Roland Vazquez. Roland Vazquez explores a series of historical 
and philosophical ideas through the medium of music on The Visitor 
(RVCD, 2010). In this interview, Vazquez talks about his former and 
current large ensembles; the programmatic elements underlying the 
compositions; and why he decided to do something — or rather not do 
something — for the first time on this album. SHOW AVAILABLE NOW. 
LISTEN: http://thejazzsession.com

TJS #192: Gene Bertoncini. Here’s an interview I recorded in 2007 with 
guitarist Gene Bertoncini. This is what I said about him back then: 
Raised in the Bronx, Bertoncini began his musical education at an early 
age, encouraged by his parents. He studied architecture at Notre Dame 
before deciding on a life of music. That decision was a smart one — 
Bertoncini has since performed with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, 
the Benny Goodman Sextet, Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Burt 
Bacharach, Michel LeGrand and many others. He’s also on the faculty at 
the Tritone Jazz Camp (tritonejazz.com). All the selections in this show 
are taken from Bertoncini’s recording Acoustic Romance (Sons of Sound, 
2003), featuring drummer Akira Tana and bassist Rufus Reid. SHOW 


Peace, love and jazz,

Jason Crane
The Jazz Session
Jason Crane
The Jazz Session

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