Cadence Magazine

September 01, 2001 | BY Richard B. Kamins

This pleasing collection of instrumentals is guitarist Bergson's 2nd release (5/99, p.111) as a leader. It's a recording that balances soft introspective ballads with the occasional "burning" track. Overall, there's a strong sense of blues that permeates the music.
"Look for the Silver Lining" opens the program in a gentle fashion. One can hear the influence of Jim Hall in the leader's deliberate reading of the theme and in his bluesy yet melodic improvising. The title track follows and, while it's more up-tempo, there is much subtlety in the way the basic trio approaches the music. Sunny Jain, who's worked with Ted Dunbar, Kenny Barron, and Positive Rhythmic Force, pushes the tempo but bassist Chris Berger really anchors the tune giving the guitarist a solid cushion to solo atop. "Birk's Works" is a sweet track, the rhythm section working as one while the guitarist really digs into his solo. "Goodbye" has a lovely, well-developed melody and I like the fact that nothing is rushed. One barely notices when the guitarist moves into his solo because the change is so seamless.

Trumpeter Gregg Glassman appears on 2 tracks, the handsome "Song for Kate in Autumn" and "Twilight." The latter track has a melody like Wayne Shorter's "Nefertiti" and short solo sections for the trumpet and guitar. Glassman stays in the middle range of his horn with occasional quick flurries to the higher register. Bergson. too, sticks to the middle, allowing his solo to build gently.

Wait for Spring is the sort of recording that won't turn your head on first listening yet the solid musicianship insinuates itself into your brain. The inclusion of standards shows that the guitarist has done his musical homework but I am impressed by his original pieces. Bergson works hard to ensure his songs are not just excuses for "blowing" and, with his ballads, shows he's got good potential. And, when you sit and truly listen to his playing, it's obvious he has got great chops. This is good music that deserves your attention.

Printed in Cadence Magazine
The Review of Jazz & Blues : Creative Improvised Music
Vol.27 No. 9 | September 2001