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This recording was originally made with DSD equipment in 1999.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.