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Body and Soul

by Gene Bertoncini

Jazz Guitar, Virtuoso, arranges beautiful standards. Relaxed, nostalgic, controversial music.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. The Shadow of Your Smile
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4:24 album only
2. My Funny Valentine
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3:26 album only
3. How Are Things in Glocca Morra
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4:15 album only
4. Body and Soul
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4:20 album only
5. Edelweiss
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2:20 album only
6. 'round Midnight
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7. Stardust
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3:03 album only
8. But Beautiful
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9. I Remember You
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10. Greensleeves
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11. Cavatina
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12. Sophisticated Lady
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13. Snowfall
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Album Notes
New York City, May 2004 - "Body & Soul" by legendary guitarist Gene Bertoncini is now available as a Hybrid Super Audio CD>

This recording was originally made with DSD equipment in 1999. Due to the lack of Super Audio CD players at the time, it was down converted to the standard CD format for release. It is now available in its full resolution as a Hybrid Super Audio CD. Hear Gene Bertoncini's nylon string acoustic guitar for the first time captured by this superior digital format. Like other Ambient Records releases these Hybrid SACD's are playable in all CD players.

Gene Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today. His fluid technique have won him international praise and such accolades as the "Segovia of jazz". An eloquent and versatile improviser, has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including performances and recordings with Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws and Paul Desmond, among others, as well as with such distinguished vocalists as Tony Bennett, Carmen McRae and Lena Horne, Vic Damone and Edye Gorme.
The Washington Post proclaimed his last solo appearance in New York City the best jazz concert of 1999. Mr Bertoncini's acclaim is hardly confined though, to this country. His recent CD "Body and Soul", with his own arrangements of classic standards won international raves, including recognition in Brazilian critic's and listener's polls as one of the best jazz recordings of the year; those same polls also named him the best accoustic jazz guitarist.
Gene Bertoncini 's striking new CD on Ambient Records, "Body and Soul", features his own innovative solo arrangement of classic jazz and popular songs.
A prolific and popular studio musician Gene has also worked with composers and arrangers such as Lalo Schifrin and Michel Legrand, in addition to numerous television appearances. Mr. Bertoncini has also worked with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New York Pops Orchestra.
In addition to an active performing and recording scedule, Gene Bertoncini teaches at the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, New York University and the Banff School of Fine Arts. A New York native, Mr Bertoncini is a graduate of Notre Dame University, from which he received a degree in architecture.


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Stu Butterfield

Excellent sound, musicianship and delivery service!
Just beautiful music, beautifully played.

Dr. K.

This music will move you.
Stirring, beautiful music. (Attention audiophiles: This is CD to buy; the care that was taken to record it is clear).


Perfection plus all the remarks of other revievers
Perfection in playing and recording. The best ever heard.


Stunning, beautiful arrangements of solo nylon-string guitar!
Gene is a true master of solo guitar! While many jazz guitarist can't seem to escape the Joe Pass influence, Gene is one of the few to create a solo voice of his own. The arrangements are sublime and graced with Gene's gentle touch. The recording quality is excellent, giving the record a wonderful audio presence. Buy this record!

Dennis - average listener

Put your name on the list & BUY this as soon as you can!!
I purchased this and "GENE BERTONCINI & OTHERS: The Good Stuff - A Tribute to Charlie Byrd" They are both 5stars to me. Great sensitive treatment of classic tunes that show the maturity and skill of the Gene and in the case of "The Good Stuff" all the musicians. My suggestion - Get them both - you'll be glad you did!!

Tony Mottola, Just Jazz Guitar.

A note from Tony Mottola
I wish I could find the words adequate enoughto describe Gene's virtuosity, creativity and beautiful harmonic sense. The CD is one of the most masterful solo guitar albums I have ever heard. I can't pick out a favorite cut. They are all miniature musical masterpieces. I once told Gene that if Stravinsky had played and composed for the guitar, he just might have sounded like Gene. The quality of the recording and Gene's Buscarino classical guitar sound like he is playing in your living room.

Terry Teachout, Ny Times.

The ultimate challenge.
Jazz guitarists rarely record complete albums of unaccompanied solos. It's the ultimate challenge, and few are equal to it; most such albums meander, or dissolve into showers of pointless virtuosity, as guitarists are wont to do. Not this one. "Body and Soul" stays firmly on message from beginning to end, and the message is one of beauty, tenderness, and above all grace. Alas, I cannot tell you how exquisitely beautiful this album is - I don't have the words. But, then that's the nice thing about a recording; you can hear for yourself. So please put these notes aside and let Gene Bertoncini play for you alone. Unlike me, he doesn't need mere words to speak his mind and heart. It's all in the music.

Jim Fisch, 20th Century Guitar Magazine.

What's in a name?
If I had a chance to characterize a solo guitar performance by Gene Bertoncini in a single word, the first adjective would be "transcendent". His latest CD, is such a performance and speaks as much of his cognitive powers as it does his fretboard mastery.
Simply put, Gene's talent for solo guitar is what sets any great musician apart from the pack. It is the ability to find the pure essence of a composition. On the surface, this seems deceptively simple, especially given the fact that all of the selections are relatively familiar and easy to listen to. They speak to the listener. It is the guitarist's imaginative arrangements and clever reharmonizations which give them a new depth.
Bertoncini is a painter of vivid musical pictures. The inspiration for How are things in Glocca Morra is found in the skirl of bagpipes, while the plaintive Round Midnight is haunted by a church bell's toll. His reading of orchestra leader Claude Thornhill's theme song Snowfall is evocative of an ice flurry, captured with crystalline delicacy in a nylon string tone that absolutely glistens.
Gene's romantic nature comes to the fore in the straightforward approach given the simple, folk-like melodies of Greensleeves and Edelweiss, Often though, as in I remember you, he will instill darkly shaded minor tonalities underneath the major theme, thus taking the tune in unexpected harmonic directions.
All of this is done with a knowing appreciation that composers like Hoagy Carmichael ("Stardust"), Johny Mandel ("The shadow of your smile") or Jimmy Van Heusen ("But beautiful") have given him perfect vehicles for self-expression.
Body and Soul is a temporal and spiritual masterpiece.

Jack Silver (DOREMI Records)

A solo jazz guitar masterpiece
Lovely, evocative arrangements of jazz standards. Gene Bertoncini's harmonic ideas are absolutely brilliant, the reharmonizations and lines exquisite. Each track is a miniature masterpiece. Not since George Van Eps and Lennie Breau has there been a fingerstyle jazz guitarist of the stature shown here by Gene Bertoncini.