Blues in the Northwest

December 12, 2003 | BY Grahame Rhodes

Recorded live at Smoke in New York City, 'Blues' catches Chris Bergson in trio format, with Brian Charette (Hammond B-3) and Matt Wilson (drums), on a five-track EP, comprising three originals and two covers.

The mood is mainly laid back and jazzy - the opening two songs, 'Staring At The Clock' and 'Come And Gone', show what Bergson is all about - very tasteful guitar work and his wonderful rich vocals, embellished by Charetteís tasty organ, particularly on the latter.

The trio get out and out jazzy on the Rodgers/Hart tune, 'Little Girl Blue', before a return to the blues on the classic 'The Stumble' - who doesnít love a Freddie King tune? Bergsonís version is taken a more of a mid-tempo than many versions around, and contains some quite lovely guitar.

Closing proceedings is his own, 'Cold November', a slow heartfelt blues - again with the Hammond of Charette adding tasteful flourishes, with Matt Wilsonís subtle drumming to the fore.