Old Blue Bus

October 11, 2007 | By Ed
New Release: Chris Bergson Band - Fall Changes

I donít usually feature jazz releases on the Bus. Then again, Chris Bergsonís new release Fall Changes covers so many genres of American music that is defies categories.

Brooklyn-based guitarist/singer/songwriter Chris Bergson has played with such jazz greats as Annie Ross, Dena DeRose, and Norah Jones. His two jazz CDs on the Juniper label received wide acclaim and he has appeared on many other releases as a sideman.

In 2002, Bergson was appointed a Jazz Ambassador of the United States by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the U.S. State Department. His trio was sent on a tour of eight countries performing concerts and holding clinics for local musicians.

His critically acclaimed 2005 release, Another Day, was a showcase for his own brand of contemporary Americana where '...funk, soul, blues, folk and delectable jazz come together seamlessly' (All About Jazz).

With Fall Changes Chris Bergson takes listeners on a tour of the many sounds of the blues. Starting with the Muscle Shoals influenced 'Gowanus Heights' Bergson then shifts smoothly into the blues/rock 'Float Your Mind'. This celebration of the different flavors of the blues continues with each song until the sounds of New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago, the Delta, and more, are covered.

Chris Bergson is a dynamic, masterful guitar player. His guitar is smooth and articulate, never overpowering or tiresome. Add to this his warm, soulful vocals and an incredible assembly of backing musicians making Fall Changes one of the most dynamic and impressive new blues releases Iíve heard in years.