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Brooke Sofferman & Jerry Bergonzi @ Scullers in Boston

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This is a reminder that the Sofferman Perspective will be performing LIVE at the Scullers Jazz Club next Tuesday, April 13th to celebrate the release of our new CD on Summit Records, One Stone, Two Birds. Our first set starts at 8pm and dinner and spirits are available at the club. The admission is $12.00 and is in a SMOKE-FREE enviroment, so kids are welcome! Please come join us and bring the fam or some friends....the more, the merrier!

For more info visit www.soffermanperspective.com. Scullers is located just off I-90. (Mass Pike) For detailed directions and other info, visit www.scullersjazz.com

The Sofferman Perspective is:
Jerry Bergonzi- tenor
Phil Grenadier- trumpet
Norm Zocher- guitar
Thomson Kneeland- bass
Brooke Sofferman- drums

Two new reviews of One Stone, Two Birds...

Brooke Soffermans original music carries with it both a deep loyalty to jazzs tradition and a surging perspective of where jazz is headed. Youll find pointers at www.SoffermanPerspective.com, which will lead you to audio samples.

The title track shifts meters between 7/4, 6/4, 13/4 and 9/4. These rhythmic changes allow the band to explore, while stutter steps keep the listener wrapped up in a groove. In Sofferman we find a composer who respects the listeners thirst for variety. By creating a bridge between known, swinging jazz and a more forward-leaning power, the drummer/composer is helping to shape our future.

Norm Zocher, Phil Grenadier and Jerry Bergonzi carry the bands front line wi th strength. Their sometimes moody and sometimes upbeat rock presence gives the session ample fire. Together, the ensemble teems with emotion. Abby Aaronson sits in for the medley from Griegs Peer Gynt Suite and for the popular television theme that closes out the album. Her multiple octave wordless vocals over bass add a timeless measure to the session.

Uh-ah-ooo-ah, on the other hand, infuses a rare quality into an otherwise straightahead piece. Opening and closing with spoken Oohsand Aahs,the composition uses several human voices as an integral part of its rhythm. With equal parts rhythm, melody and harmony, the Sofferman Perspective leaps straight ahead in its quest to help shape the future of jazz.

~ Jim Santella, All About Jazz


Although Brooke Sofferman is a fine drummer, on this set (his third as a leader), he is perhaps most significant as a composer/arranger. His ten originals tend to be episodic, full of subtle surprises and very tricky rhythmically yet swinging in their own fashion and witty. In addition, Sofferman arranged a couple movements from Edvard Grieg's “Peer Gynt Suite" (which becomes “Griegarious Skang") and the theme from Magnum P.I. His longtime group is tight, alert, and very familiar with these pieces, which is fortunate considering how easy it would be to stumble during the arrangements. Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi has long been an unheralded giant, trumpeter Phil Grenadier (occasionally hinting at Don Cherry) is excellent, and guitarist Norm Zocher has plenty of good spots for his distinctive sound and inventive style. Actually, there are no weak points to the group and or throwaway selections, for every moment of this CD is intriguing and a bit unpredictable. It is well worth several listens.

~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide


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