The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet | Walking Home

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Walking Home

by The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet

Genre: Jazz: Gypsy Jazz
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1. Nightmare #2
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2. Muñequita
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3. Invierno: Junio
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4. Invierno: Julio
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5. Invierno: Agosto
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6. Mingus
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7. Nightmare #1
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8. Leopold
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9. La Muerte De Un Lobo Malo
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10. Walking Home
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
How strange: liner notes for a CD in a world of singles. Use to be you could learn from liner notes. Like the little disquisition on sumi-e on the back of Miles’ Kind of Blue. Or Leroy Vinegar’s loving quote about Les McCann’s playing, “Sometimes it’s just so right all you can do is laugh.” There was biography and history too, all good. And, occasionally, there were notes telling you how to listen. Those were mostly useless. How you listen is listen.

But there is one sound it may be useful to point out concerning Walking Home. The sound of an artist becoming himself. However essential, the search for self is tricky. Because you lose stuff as you go along; things get left behind.

Gonzalo Bergara put away his considerable blues chops when he started working on gypsy jazz. Then he left behind showcasing his technical mastery of gypsy swing to focus on composing. And while he composed, he put together a remarkable performance quartet. The synergy and symbiosis between musical performance and composition has only grown stronger, as if the music only came into being in the presence of Jeff Radaich, Rob Hardt, Brian Netzley and Leah Zeger. Gonzalo left behind the privacy of composition to share in public creation. Whatever he has needed to leave behind, he has been fearless and ruthless.

In fact, there is only one thing an artist absolutely can’t afford to lose. Passion. Everything else is mutable. Everything else can be swapped out. Not passion. Passion is the engine that drives the endless search for self that is the only real work of a great artist.

If you listen closely, that’s what you will hear. That and those marvelous blues chops sneaking back in. Nothing really gets left behind.


Jeff Fiskin - Los Angeles 2012


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Jerry Schneider

Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
I've seen the G.B.Q. live at Djangofest NW 2012 where they performed several of the songs from this album. On stage, Gonzalo's endless sense of humor lies on top of the deeply passionate melodies like frosting on a cake - they go together well.

The trio of songs dedicated to the South American winter (Junio, Julio, Agusto) correspond with our December, January, February weather in North America, and it is here that Gonzalo's composition skill have taken a nice turn from the mostly Gypsy-Jazz that he is famous for. In places, he seems to be channeling the classical masters, while injecting his emotional fire and brimstone in brief spurts. On several tracks, his collaboration with the clarinet is seamless and almost unnoticed, but for instance Munequito (Beautiful Doll) jumps out at you as fresh, rather than a Benny Goodman style swing usually found on Gypsy Jazz. The song Mingus, which I take as a tribute to Charles Mingus, features his awesomly tight rhythm and bass players. The newest addition to the G.B.Q. is the violinist who can sweep from a barn-dance jig to a mozart sonata in a seamless effort adds the same fiery storm of notes that Gonzalo himself is noted for.

All in all, this collection of songs is a new and exciting change for G.B.T., and the popularity of the sound seems to be growing. They are again on tour, playing great concerts in Paris, then US, soon the carribean islands, and then who knows. Until you get a chance to see them live, get this CD. Play the winter trio for friends and see if they can guess who wrote and is playing it -- you will be amazed yourself.