With a full, husky tenor sound in tow the former Bergonzi student brings to mind not only his former mentor but the timbres of Dexter Gordon and Joe Henderson as well.
After 20 years on the move, including time spent living and performing in Europe, tenor saxophonist Gregory Dudzienski recently returned to Chicago, settling into a period of engagement with the city's mighty music community, and developing a cohesive group dynamic with like-minded colleagues. Finding bassist Kelly Sill, pianist Chris White and drummer Jeff Stitely, they quickly formed a musical bond that is evident on this collection of seven Dudzienski originals. Their dedication to the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic language of jazz of the late '50s and '60s, provides a substantial base for the group's explorations and growth.
"A great warm sound and his melodic way of playing is all heart." - Jerry Bergonzi
1 Dexter's Laboratory 5:33
2 The Father 7:57
3 Tom-ish 7:15
4 Meeting Your Heroes 7:44
5 Yellow Alley 5:35
6 Beautiful Moments 8:12
7 See, I Told You 6:27
All music by Gregory Dudzienski - BMI
Gregory Dudzienski - Tenor Saxophone
Chris White - Piano
Kelly Sill - Bass
Jeff Stitely - Drums
Produced by Gregory Dudzienski & Kelly Sill
Co-Producers: Chris White & Jeff Stitely
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Scott Steinman
Recorded at Electrical Audio, Chicago Il on November 13, 2019
Mixed & mastered at Studiomedia Recording Company, Evanston, Il
Liner notes by Neil Tesser
Photos by April Enos (back), Maurizio Perna (inside)
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
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All About Jazz (Jack Bowers)
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JazzHalo (Belgium) (Georges Tonla Briquet)
Now and then you can enjoy a group that unpretentiously and without hesitation honors the golden Blue Note era. Tenor saxophonist Gregory Dudzienski does this on 'Beautiful Moments' on the basis of seven of his own compositions. It must be said that the man has several decades of experience in US Navy Bands with which he traveled the world. He e ...
Chicago Jazz Magazine (Hrayr Attarian)
Saxophonist and composer Gregory Dudzienski is Chicago's most eloquent proponent of the mid-20th century jazz sound. His lean and elegant compositions, warm and soulful tone, and expressive playing mark his work that is rooted in tradition yet refreshingly modern. The seven originals on Beautiful Moments are no exception. The swaggering vamps o ...
Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
As soon as you put on this impressive album by Gregory Dudienski, you're going to ask yourself, "OK, who is he reminding me of?", but you don't have to go to far, as the first song's title gives it all away. "Dexter's Laboratory" has Dudzienski delivery a Gordonesque strong, confident and yet relaxed tone, as he's backed by pianist Chris White, bas ...