Gene Bertoncini: I’ve been hanging out with Gene a lot lately, and its been so great for me to re-connect with this true master of the guitar. I really can’t say enough about Gene as a player, arranger, teacher, and just all around great person. Although Gene is widely regarded as one of the very top nylon-string jazz guitarists of all time, part of me wishes that Gene’s playing and approach to the music could reach an even wider audience. I cannot think of another guitarist who has played with both Benny Goodman and Wayne Shorter!
I’d also like to share that Gene’s new album, Reunion, is simply outstanding. Joined by Michael Moore, Mike Mainieri, and Joe Corsello Gene plays some lines and ideas that are unbelievably fresh and the blend of the guitar and vibes is really a treasure.