Bob Berg

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Bob Berg
Bob Berg.jpg
Berg playing in Cedar Walton's quartet att Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society (The Douglas Beach House), Half Moon Bay, California, November 30, 1980
Background information
Birth name Robert Berg
Born (1951-04-07)April 7, 1951
Origin New York, USA
Died December 5, 2002(2002-12-05) (aged 51)
Genres Hard bop
Post bop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone
Labels Stretch Records, Denon, GRP
Associated acts Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Cedar Walton, Mike Stern, Chick Corea

Bob Berg (April 7, 1951 – December 5, 2002) was a jazz saxophonist originally from Brooklyn, New York City.


He started his musical education at the age of six when he began studying classical piano. He began playing the saxophone at the age of thirteen. Bob Berg was a Juilliard graduate influenced heavily by the late 1964–67 period of John Coltrane's music. He was known for his extremely expressive playing and tone.[1]

A student from the hard bop school, he played from 1973 to 1976 with Horace Silver and from 1977 to 1983 with Cedar Walton. Berg became more widely known through his short period in the Miles Davis band. He left Davis's band in 1987 after recording only one album, You're Under Arrest, with them.[1]

After leaving Davis's band, Berg released a series of solo albums and also performed and recorded frequently in a group co-led with guitarist Mike Stern. On these albums he played a more accessible style of music, mixing funk, jazz and even country music with many other diverse compositional elements to produce albums that were always musical. He often played at the 7th Avenue South NYC club. He worked with Chick Corea, Steve Gadd and Eddie Gómez in a great quartet. His tenor saxophone sound was a synthesis of rhythm and blues players like Junior Walker and Arnett Cobb with the lyricism, intellectual freedom and soul of Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson and John Coltrane.

He was killed in a road traffic accident in East Hampton, NY, while driving home with his wife Arja. The person who crashed into his car was driving a cement truck that accidentally skidded on ice.


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Miles Davis

With Kenny Drew

With Horace Silver

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Billy Higgins

With Sam Jones

With Cedar Walton

  • First Set (1979) [Steeplechase]
  • Second Set (1979) [Steeplechase]
  • Third Set (1979) [Steeplechase]
  • Animation (1979) [CBS]
  • Eastern Rebellion 3 (1979) [Timeless]

With Chick Corea

With Mike Stern

With Randy Brecker

  • Live at the Sweet Basil (1988) [Sonet]

With Wolfgang Muthspiel

  • Timezones (1989)

With Moncef Genoud

  • New York Journey with J.C. Lavanchy, I. Malherbe (1990) [Preludio Productions]

With Tom Coster

  • Let's Set The Record Straight (1993) [JVC]
  • The Forbidden Zone (1994) [JVC]


  1. ^ a b Ian Carr and Digby Fairweather; Brian Priestley; Charles Alexander. "The Rough Guide to Jazz". Rough Guides (Penguin Group): 80. ISBN 1-84353-256-5. 

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