by Shelly Berg


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Normally soft-spoken, Shelly Berg can be a real powerhouse when he plays piano. In the past he has shown that he could keep up with Oscar Peterson in his prime, swinging just as hard and with comparable technique while displaying his own musical personality. "Blackbird" generally has slower tempoes (with a couple exceptions) but it is just as impressive. Teamed with bassist Chuck Berghofer and drummer Gregg Field, Berg performs jazz standards plus the Beatles "Blackbird" (which in this version starts in seven/four time before becoming a blues), a particularly inventive rendition of Pat Metheny's "Question and Answer," Stevie Wonder's "Blame It on the Sun," Billy Joel's "She's Always a Woman" (which with this treatment really sounds like a jazz piece) and two of his originals. Berg turns all of the material into swinging jazz and sounds relaxed at every tempo. Because he is based in Los Angeles and spends much of his time as an educator, Berg tends to be underrated or overlooked. Blackbird shows that he is well worth discovering for Shelly Berg is one of the finest pianists around in the early 21st century playing modern mainstream jazz.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2005
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431221623
catalogNumber: 2216

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shelly Berg   Primary Artist
Gregg Field   Drums

Technical Credits

Billy Joel   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Pat Metheny   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Gregg Field   Producer
Jack Baker   Composer
Bruno Martino   Composer
George Fragos   Composer
Bruno Brighetti   Composer
Dick Gasparre   Composer
David Browning   Liner Notes

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