Blues Matters

October 10, 2007 | By Kevin Wharton

Fall Changes
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Special thanks are given to Levon Helm for his contribution and the album was recorded and mixed at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, so no wonder you can feel the warm style of The Band coming though. Amy Helm also makes an appearance, adding vocals on two of the tracks. Tremendous! The latest and second album from New Yorker Chris Bergson and his band starts off with 'Gowanus Heights', a funky Blues showing Bergson's fine gravely voice and understated guitar work. The title track, 'Fall Changes', comes in with a tasteful horn intro followed by a bit of classy funk with some pointed guitar. There are two covers on the album, the first being Dylan's 'When I Paint My Masterpiece', which is a platform for Bergson's fine vocals, some good sax and some tasty guitar. The other is Hendrix's 'Are You Experienced?' - a fine run through of an old favorite. For me, the best tracks are the Bergson-penned ones, as the band seems to relate to them more, and I would highlight 'Rain Beating Down', a slide based song featuring Bergson with backing from Amy Helm. "Fall Changes" showcases the Chris Bergson Band's personal blend of contemporary Americana, highlighting Bergson's crafted writing, some soulful vocals and the first class musicianship of a class band.