Chris Bergson band

12 maart 2017, om 16:00, Bluescafe, Nieuwstraat 74a, Apeldoorn, €10,-

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Lang verhaal maar een fantastische band en voor de tweede keer in het Bluescafe. De kenners zijn het er inmiddels wel over eens: gitarist, zanger en songwriter Chris Bergson is ontegenzeglijk een aanwinst voor de muziekscene! Zijn vorige album was ‘Imitate The Sun’, alweer zijn zesde op rij. Nu is er een nieuwe: “Bitter Midnight”. Zijn zevende dus.

Enkele recensies:
“One of the most talented bands playing today…From blazing rock to funk to soul to Delta blues and all that’s in between.” Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine “Over the past decade, Chris Bergson has become one of the most interesting blues-inspired songwriters. He describes the streetscapes and nightscapes of city life, painting small, memorable pictures, a kind of Edward Hopper of the blues. Bergson doesn’t do predictable, but there’s a visible thread of blues awareness running through the fabric of everything he writes, sings and plays: he is a concise and subtle guitarist and tough, grainy singer.” Tony Russell, The Blues Magazine (UK)

The Chris Bergson Band’s new release Bitter Midnight is the band’s first studio album since 2011’s critically acclaimed Imitate the Sun. Bitter Midnight showcases the band’s “gut-busting, horn-bedecked NY blues” (MOJO) with eleven original songs all recorded to two-inch tape at Brooklyn’s Mighty Toad Recording Studio. New York Blues Hall of Fame guitarist/singer Chris Bergson “…one of the most inventive songwriters in modern blues music” (All Music Guide ) is joined on the album by soul singer Ellis Hooks (Steve Cropper), baritone saxophonist Jay Collins (Gregg Allman), trumpeter Steven Bernstein (Levon Helm), drummers Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors), Tony Mason (Darlene Love), bassists Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule), Richard Hammond (Joan Osborne), Matt Clohesy (Patti Austin), and keyboardist/tenor saxophonist Craig Dreyer (Dispatch).

“It was great to record with some of my favorite musicians,“ says Bergson. “Some of the guys, like Richard Hammond, Aaron Comess, and Tony Mason, I’ve been playing with for years but had never recorded with before, so it was nice to finally document the rapport we’ve developed over many gigs.”
“I got it – just drums and clav on the intro!” And with that impromptu suggestion in the studio from drummer Aaron Comess, so begins “Pedal Tones,” the album’s opening track which Bergson penned with one of his most frequent collaborators, co-lyricist Kate Ross.

With Comess’ opening snare drum fill leading to a funky clavinet riff from Craig Dreyer, the swampy groove keeps percolating with the addition of Jay Collins’ cowbell in this rumination on absence and loss. Many of the songs on the record were inspired by Bergson’s recent European tours that have included performances in France, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia, Ireland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. As Bergson explains, “One of my favorite things to do when I get a day off on the road is to get out and explore.” “5:20,” written with co-lyricist Kate Ross, was inspired by a visit to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

“I kept returning to this one Monet painting – it captured a beautiful sadness I couldn’t turn away from…Standing in front of the painting, I heard echoes of Hank Williams and Robert Johnson and thought of all the great American train songs.” The soul ballad “Just Before the Storm,” first introduced on the Chris Bergson Band’s Live at Jazz Standard (MOJO’s #3 Blues Album of 2014) is a three-part collaboration between Bergson, Ellis Hooks and Craig Dreyer. The added textures of Dreyer’s Fender Rhodes and Bergson’s acoustic guitar provide lustrous additions to the dynamic groove provided by bassist Richard Hammond and Aaron Comess.

Bitter Midnight also documents Bergson’s ongoing partnership with acclaimed soul singer, Ellis Hooks, who is featured here on two songs the pair wrote together – “Knuckles & Bones” and the album’s title track. The driving “Knuckles & Bones” finds Bergson’s working band of Craig Dreyer on Wurlitzer, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Tony Mason “augmented with a horn section expert in the snap and crackle of bluesy soul” (The BluesMagazine UK) with a Stax-styled horn arrangement by Jay Collins.

De Chris Bergson Band heeft voor de blues liefhebbers een zeer gevarieerd album afgeleverd. Voor alle tracks geldt dat ze zeer toegankelijk zijn. Naast Bergsons uitstekende (slide- en elektrische) gitaarspel en zang staat een erg goede band. Een absolute aanrader!!
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