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Chris Bergson Band - Fall Changes

2 Shirts Records
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One part Steve Katz of Blood, Sweat & Tears, one part Gregg Allman, one part recording in Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock NY, and one part Taylor Hicks look alike equals Chris Bergson Band’s disc “Fall Changes.”

Bergson first burst on the scene in 1997 for tiny Juniper Records in NY and began woodshedding around the New York area for ten years as one of the most sought-after jazz guitarists in the state. Bergson however had another love and that was roots rock and blues. Teaming with BMA-nominated piano/organ guru Bruce Katz and you get the product we have here; a solid blue-eyed soul/roots rock record that hearkens to post-Duane Allman Allman Brothers Band; jazz-rock Blood, Sweat, & Tears, and some songwriting in the mind of The Band.

Bergson’s Allman & Steve Katz-esque vocals work quite well and his guitar playing is superb, complemented by the punch of the tiny horn section that is throughout the disc. Bergson pens all but four tracks on the CD, which are hiply minded and definitely going to make a break on any AAA radio station out there, if it hasn’t already. Bergson & Co. give a soul & RnB like reading of Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece.” Bergson tone’s down any notion of Hendrix on “Are You Experienced?” and gives more of a Robbie Robertson approach to the song. Bergson was also definitely paying attention to Gregg Allman’s cover of “Drown In My Own Tears” from Derek Trucks Band’s album Soul Serenade in 2003, as the version he presents here is not very far off from it.

The album will probably garner a few nods from Contemporary Blues radio for its soul feeling and the jazz-inspired licks that Bergson handles with superb ability throughout. Bruce Katz’ name is also going to cause it to pass there, too. Although, his playing is very understated and never out in front throughout. Besides the covers on this record, Bergson’s approach to writing is a very throwback style to a lot of the names I’ve already mentioned that some sorely miss in the music of today. Amy Helm also adds supporting lead vocals on two tracks on the album “Float Your Mind” and “Rain Beatin’ Down,” giving them a very Delaney & Bonnie-like feel in the vocal play and musicianship. No doubt that Bergson is a superb player with a laundry list of folks he’s played with and opened for. He’s sure to continue walking down that path and doesn’t look to be deviating from it anytime soon.

Check out more of Chris & Co. at his website where this and his other previous releases are available for purchase. Album is also available at CD Baby, ITunes, Amazon and any other internet based retailer.

Ben Cox is a Blues Songwriter, Musician, DJ and Journalist.

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