by Steven Pisano
This winter in New York City has been so unrelentingly and inhospitably cold, so bone-numbingly frigid that a lot of sensible people have just stayed home from exploring the city’s nightlife to catch up on Netflix. Who wants to wander the streets of an urban Antarctica?
But things were blazing hot last week at Jazz Standard when Chris Bergson brought his sizable band to town for a two-night stand on February 24-25. Bergson has been playing this club for over a decade now, and his latest recording, Live at Jazz Standard, has been lauded as one of the top recordings of 2014 by the blues press.
First thing's first. Despite the club’s name, Bergson does not play jazz. He and his band play blues, funk, rock, and soul, in a rich, hearty stew of down home styles that in many ways is reminiscent of the Sixties when a lot of rock artists, from Eric Clapton on down, first started stirring blues into their base of rock.