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  • Audio CD (March 30, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Native Language
  • ASIN: B0001IXT68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ruby
2. I Hear A Rhapsody
3. Cheek To Cheek
4. I Concentrate On You
5. Dedication (To Diz)
6. All Too Soon
7. Just One Of Those Things
8. The Song Is You
9. Doxy
10. Zingaro

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Gerry, thanks for the music.
Bruce D. Davis
Niewood alternates between alto, tenor, and baritone saxes, as well as flute and alto flute.
James A. Vedda
I'm declaring it among the best of this year's offerings.
Jan P. Dennis

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jan P. Dennis on May 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes it almost seems as if the REALLY good ones get swallowed up in the hype expended on the MERELY good ones.
I think that's the case here.
All these players are top drawer.
Yet none of them is exactly a household name.
Steve Gilmore (bass) and Bill Goodman (drums) are, of course, the rhythm section of altoist Phil Woods greatest and longest running group. Gene Bertoncini, an acoustic guitar player of exceptional taste and sophistication, has graced many wonderful sessions. Yet, their collective presence is almost minimal. Leader Niewood (various woodwind instruments) is practically invisible on the modern jazz scene.
Thus, a truly fine, even revelatory, session such as this is likely to get lost in the welter of more prominent jazz releases.
Too bad.
Certainly, this is among the finest offerings of 2004. It s(w)ings with an ease and grace seldom encountered in (Post)Modern jazz. Brimming with ease of expression and casual cleverness, this is a disc of the highest order of jazz accomplishment.
Yet, it will probably slip entirely under the radar of top jazz discs of 2004.
What a shame. I'm declaring it among the best of this year's offerings.
Simply wonderful. Miss it at your peril.
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Gerry Niewood may be best known for his work with Chuck Mangione in the 1970s. But the album "Facets" released in 2004 gives you a full view a most talented and versatile musician. In the linear notes of the CD "Facets", Gerry sums up his intent quite well: "I have never forgotten the power of music to communicate. I have tried on this recording to show the many emotional possibilities of this genre as well as to pay homage to some of the Jazz Masters who have inspired me with their playing."

Facets gives us a master wind player guiding you on a journey through the stylings of small combo jazz as he pays tribute to the composers and players who inspired him. Gerry treats us to his wizardry on flute, alto flute, alto, tenor and baritone sax, displaying well crafted small combo jazz at its best, straightforward, honest, and playful as performed by a master of woodwinds.

"Ruby" leads off this set with a bossa nova tone framing Gerry's work on alto flute and alto sax along with an acoustic guitar solo by Gene Bertoncini. The liner notes mention his earliest emotional reaction as a young child to a recording of "Ruby" played by Richard Hayman on harmonica. In Gerry's words, "My emotions, even as a young child were heightened almost to the point of tears."

A homage to Sonny Stitt on "I Hear a Rhapsody" follows with Gerry on alto sax providing a poignant melodic intro moving into stright-ahead swing soloing on alto sax and a bass solo by Steve Gilmore.
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Multi-woodwind artist Gerry Niewood devoted this CD mostly to jazz standards he loved and the jazz icons who played them (for example, Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, and Sonny Rollins), thereby influencing his playing. Recorded in 2002 and released two years later, it was his last recording as a solo artist before his untimely death in a plane crash in February 2009.
Niewood alternates between alto, tenor, and baritone saxes, as well as flute and alto flute. He's backed up by Steve Gilmore on bass and Bill Goodwin on drums, both of whom spent many years with Phil Woods, plus Gene Bertoncini on acoustic and electric guitars. Niewood's son Adam joins him for tenor duets on two tracks - the up-tempo "Cheek to Cheek" and the blues tune "Doxy" - and their styles mesh so well that you can tell Adam was his father's best student.
This album doesn't feature Niewood's soprano sax, which was ever-present during his time with Chuck Mangione; instead, he chooses from the low end of his saxophone arsenal to play bari on two ballads, "I Concentrate on You" and "All Too Soon." As far as I know, this was the only time he used bari on a solo album (but I'm prepared to be enlightened if someone knows of another instance).
Superb renditions of great tunes ranging from ballads to blues to bossa nova to bop make this an excellent choice for any collection of small-group jazz, and a wonderful way to remember this jazz master.
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