Listed in Downbeat magazine as one of the top recordings of the year 2017, receiving 4 stars, Blue Cube features the latest members of the Bruce Gertz Quartet. All of the compositions gracing this album are Gertz originals, except "Blue Cube," written by Jerry Bergonzi.
Open Mind Jazz
Jerry Bergonzi (tenor saxophone), Tim Ray (piano), Bruce Gertz (bass), George Schuller (drums)
The most unconventional piece is the noir-ish “Bass First, Face First,” which oscillates between total freedom and swing. It is often said that ballads are most revealing of the craft of a musician or a band. “A Conversation We Had” allows each musician to shine in his assigned role. Ray is in charge of the lovely melody, thus leaving much room for the other three musicians to explore the multiple facets of the piece from a rhythmic and harmonic standpoint.
—Alain Drouot, Downbeat