Steve Shapiro & Pat Bergeson: I'll Take the Soup


I'll Take the Soup


Steve Shapiro (vibes, marimba) and Pat Bergeson (guitar)


Backward Compatible (Apria Records 139326)

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Steve Shapiro (vibes, marimba), Pat Bergeson (guitar),

Will Barrow (accordion), Tim Ferguson (bass), Clint De Gannon (drums)


Composed by Pat Bergeson & Richard Smith


Recorded: Westchester, NY and Nashville, TN, 2007


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

The team of vibraphonist Steve Shapiro and Chet Atkins protégé Pat Bergeson has produced this scorcher of a soon-to-be-standard tune titled "I'll Take the Soup." It plays like the background music to a fast-moving cartoon chase sequence. This upbeat swinger takes its pulse from the rapidly synchronous playing of the frenetic Bergeson on guitar countered by the equally speedy but mellow tone of Shapiro's vibes. The tune also includes the surprisingly well-matched sound of Will Barrow's swinging accordion backed by the nimble Tim Ferguson on bass. In their totality they form a seamless flow of musical delight that brings a smile to your face. Fun music played with a sense of real professionalism, panache and joy.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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