Alex Riel: On Again, Off Again


On Again, Off Again


Alex Riel (drums)


Unriel (Stunt 19707)

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Alex Riel (drums), Jerry Bergonzi (tenor sax), Michael Brecker (tenor sax), Niels Lan Doky (piano), Eddie Gomez (bass).

Composed by Jerry Bergonzi


Recorded: New York, March 23 and 24, 1997


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Lester Young vs. Coleman Hawkins. Dexter Gordon vs. Wardell Gray. Gene Ammons vs. Sonny Stitt. The tenor saxophone battle has always had an important place in the history of jazz. In a nice outing by Riel, "On Again, Off Again" adds to that tradition, pitting modern tenor giants Michael Brecker and Jerry Bergonzi against one another on this lively minor blues. The angular and jagged melody leads into swinging solos by both Brecker and Bergonzi, but the highlight of the track comes when the two duel it out, trading back and forth. For fans of contemporary saxophone, this track is a must.

Reviewer: Darren Mueller


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