Living Blues

October 03, 2005 | BY Jim DeKoster

New York jazz guitarist Chris Bergson has indulged his fondness for blues and other roots music on his debut CD, cut with his own working combo of saxophonist Jay Collins, bassist Chris Berger, and drummer Matt Wilson. Of the seven cuts, only 'Up In Buffalo' is an instrumental, while the folksy 'Sweet White Lie' and Bergson's medley of Skip James - inspired 'Three Sisters' and 'Son House's Death Lette'r are performed solo, but still amplified. Bergson also gets to show off his blues chops on 'Come and Gone' and 'Greyhound Station' which, perhaps thanks to his jazz background, never degenerate into blues-rock excess.