Wayne Bergeron, with Dan Higgins, Andy Martin, Bill Reichenbach, Christian Jacob
With special guests Arturo Sandoval, Peter Erskine, Dave Werkl, Eric Marienthal, Alan Pasqua, Bob Sheppard, Jimmy Johnson, Gary Meek, Chuck Berghofer and The Hornheads
Includes: *Bernie's Journey, *Seasoned Traveler, *Jig, *Theme from Chinatown, *Full Circle, *A Pair of Aces, *Body and Soul, *Wayn-ology, *First Impression, *A Bone to Pick, *James Bond Medley
"Wayne Bergeron, a mainstay in the L.A. studios, is revered for his high note precision and acrobatic ability on the horn. His talent to deftly navigate and retain the ultimate in sound, phrasing and musicianship "up there" is beyond approach. However, with Full Circle Bergeron also flexes his superior improvisational chops which, sadly, aren't as frequently on display when the red light is burning. But, rest assured, here he burns.
The material presented acknowledges what's come before and pushes the compositional, arranging and performing envelope. From George Stone's slick, retro cop-show-cooker, "Bernie's Journey," Dan Higgins' ice-cool "Seasoned Traveler," Wally Minko's tropic-tasty "Jig," and his habanera fiery title cut (featuring Arturo Sandoval with Bergeron) and on throughout, you can tell that these heavy-hitters all left the studio sans derriere. Bergeron's Gordon Goodwin-arranged salute to Hollywood studio trumpeter, the late Uan Rasey ("Theme from Chinatown") is covered brilliantly. Sammy Nestico's dual-tempoed "Pair of Aces" has sax man Eric Marienthal and Bergeron "body heat" blue, then each stretches out over hard-swinging tight ensemble playing. Other soloists of note include tenor saxophonist Bob Sheppard and bass trombonist, Bill Reichenbach on his re-invented samba-and-swing-flavored "Body and Soul."
Bergeron's deeply emotional ballad playing and ensuing improv chops on "Wayn-ology," deliver a textbook on same. You'd swear that Dan Higgins' swinger "First Impression," (along with Snooky Young and his plunger) fell out of the Count Basie bus. "A Bone to Pick" is an up-tempoed J.J. Johnson-Kai Winding duo flight with Reichenbach and Andy Martin as co-pilots. "James Bond Medley" covers familiar 007 themes with Bergeron saluting Bond band-guy, the late Derek Watkins (and obviously buckling a lady's knees).
Kudos to the superlative rhythm sections, as well as to Gary Grant who meticulously produced."
-- Nicholas F. Mondello (All About Jazz, 1/27/16)