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Full Circle

by Wayne Bergeron

Following the success of "You Call This a Living" and "Plays Well With Others," "Full Circle" features world class soloist and big band jazz at its highest level.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bernie's Journey
7:11 $0.99
2. Seasoned Traveler
6:24 $0.99
3. Jig
7:11 $0.99
4. Theme from Chinatown
6:26 $0.99
5. Full Circle
5:43 $0.99
6. A Pair of Aces
6:14 $0.99
7. Body and Soul
6:04 $0.99
8. Wayn-Ology
5:33 $0.99
9. First Impression
6:57 $0.99
10. A Bone to Pick
4:45 $0.99
11. James Bond Medley: Bond Theme / You Only Live Twice / Live and Let Die
8:00 $1.29
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Album Notes
Wayne Bergeron’s newest release, "Full Circle," features the some of finest, most- recorded musicians in the world. Bergeron's previous CDs, Grammy nominated, "You Call This a Living?," and Concord Records release, "Plays Well With Others," have both received critical acclaim from reviewers and jazz fans alike.

Producer Gary Grant had this to say:
"Full Circle is the third Wayne Bergeron CD that I have co-produced, and I must say, Wayne's best effort to date. Wayne's growth has exploded over the past 10 years in every aspect. While Wayne characteristically hoists huge upper register notes, his lower register sound is just as big and sensitive. Wayne’s musicianship, jazz playing, harmonic creativity, and musical expression make him a natural phenomenon. It's been a joy to be associated with this epic CD."

In addition to the core members of the Wayne Bergeron Big Band, “Full Circle” also features an array of special guests such as Arturo Sandoval, Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, Eric Marienthal, Alan Pasqua, Bob Sheppard, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Berghofer, Gary Meek, and The Hornheads. In addition, band members Dan Higgins, Andy Martin, Bill Reichenbach, and Christian Jacob are featured prominently. A string section of top-call session players adds a touch of elegance to tracks, “Theme From Chinatown” and “Wayn-ology.”

The incredible compositions/arrangements for “Full Circle” were custom written for the CD, with the exception of the title track, “Full Circle.” This chart was originally written for the late Maynard Ferguson by Wally Minko but never recorded or performed until now. Composers Sammy Nestico, Gordon Goodwin, Chris Walden, George Stone, Wally Minko, Dan Higgins, Bill Riechenbach and Michael B. Nelson all brought their “A” game to this project.

For digital download customers, we’ve included the CD credits.


A Bone to Pick • Theme from Chinatown • Wayn-ology:

Trumpets: Dan Fornero (lead), Gary Grant, Rick Baptist, Larry Hall
Trombones: Andy Martin, Alan Kaplan, Bob McChesney, Bill Reichenbach
Saxes/Woodwinds: Dan Higgins (lead alto/sop), Sal Lozano (alto), Bill Liston (tenor), Rusty Higgins (tenor),
Greg Huckins (bari/bass clar)
Rhythm section: Christian Jacob (piano), Barb Catlin (Rhodes on Wayn-ology), Trey Henry (bass), Ray Brinker (drums), Dom Moio (percussion-Chinatown), Joey De Leon (percussion - Wayn-ology)
Strings (Chinatown & Wayn-ology) Violins: Songa Lee (Concertmaster), Becky Bunnell, Alyssa Park, Mark Robertson,
Kathleen Sloan, Serena McKinney
Violas: Rob Brophy, Caroline Buckman • Cello: Peggy Baldwin, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith


Full Circle • Jig:

Trumpets: Dan Fornero (lead), Gary Grant, Larry Hall, Rick Baptist
Trombones: Andy Martin, Alan Kaplan, Bob McChesney, Bill Reichenbach
Saxes/Woodwinds: Dan Higgins (lead alto/flute), Sal Lozano (alto), Bill Liston (tenor), Rusty Higgins (tenor),
Greg Huckins (bari)
Rhythm section: Wally Minko (piano), Jimmy Johnson (bass), Dave Weckl (drums), Dom Moio (percussion - Full Circle), Adrian Areas (percussion-Jig)

A Pair of Aces • First Impression:

Trumpets: Chuck Findley (lead-A Pair of Aces), Gary Grant (lead-First Impression), Larry Hall, Rob Schaer
Trombones: Andy Martin, Charlie Loper, Alex Iles, Bill Reichenbach
Saxes/Woodwinds: Dan Higgins (lead alto/flute), Brian Scanlon (alto/flute), Rusty Higgins (tenor/flute),
Tom Luer (tenor/clar), Greg Huckins (bari/clar)
Rhythm section: Alan Pasqua (piano), Dustin Higgins (guitar), Chuck Berghofer (bass), Peter Erskine (drums)

Bernie’s Journey • Body & Soul • Seasoned Traveler:

Trumpets: Dan Fornero (lead-Bernie’s Journey & Seasoned Traveler), Wayne Bergeron (lead-Body & Soul), Rob Schaer,
Larry Hall, Jamie Havorka
Trombones: Andy Martin, Alex Iles, Steve Holtman, Bill Reichenbach
Saxes/Woodwinds: Dan Higgins (lead alto/sop/picc), Sal Lozano (alto/flute), Rusty Higgins (tenor), Kirsten Edkins (tenor), Greg Huckins (bari)
Rhythm section: Christian Jacob (piano), Trey Henry (bass), Ray Brinker (drums), Brian Kilgore (vibes - Bernie’s Journey)

James Bond Medley:
Trumpets/Flugelhorns: Gary Grant (Lead), Larry Hall, Wayne Bergeron
Trombones: Andy Martin, Bill Reichenbach
Saxes/Woodwinds: Dan Higgins
Rhythm Section: Mary Louise Knutson (piano), Jim Anton (bass), Petar Janjic (drums), Cory Wong (guitar)

Hornheads: Steve Strand & Dave Jensen (trumpets), Michael B. Nelson (trombone), Kenni Holmen (tenor sax),
Kathy Jensen (baritone sax)

Solo Credits and track listings:

Bernie’s Journey - Composer/arranger George Stone
Soloist: Dan Higgins - alto sax • Wayne Bergeron - trumpet • Christian Jacob - piano

Seasoned Traveler - Composer/arranger Dan Higgins
Soloist: Dan Higgins - tenor sax • Wayne Bergeron - muted trumpet

Jig - Composer/arranger Wally Minko
Soloist: Gary Meek - tenor sax • Wayne Bergeron – trumpet/flugelhorn • Gary Grant - flugelhorn (soli)

Theme from Chinatown - Jerry Goldsmith/arranger Gordon Goodwin (Dedicated to Uan Rasey)
Soloist: Wayne Bergeron - trumpet • Peggy Baldwin - cello

Full Circle - Composer/arranger Wally Minko (Dedicated to Maynard Ferguson)
Soloist: Arturo Sandoval & Wayne Bergeron - trumpet • Dave Weckl - drums

A Pair of Aces - Composer/arranger Sammy Nestico
Soloist: Eric Marienthal - alto sax • Wayne Bergeron - trumpet & flugelhorn

Body and Soul - Composer Johnny Green/Arranger Bill Reichenbach
Soloist: Bill Reichenbach - bass trombone • Bob Sheppard - tenor sax

Wayn-ology - Composer/arranger Chris Walden
Soloist: Wayne Bergeron - trumpet

First Impression - Composer/arranger Dan Higgins
Soloist: Alan Pasqua - piano • Wayne Bergeron - trumpet • Dan Higgins - alto sax

A Bone to Pick - Composer/arranger Wally Minko
Soloist: Andy Martin & Bill Reichenbach - trombone • Wayne Bergeron - trumpet

James Bond Medley (featuring the Hornheads) - Arranger Michael B. Nelson (Dedicated to Derek Watkins)
Soloists: Wayne Bergeron - trumpet & flugelhorn • Kenni Holmen - tenor sax • Michael B. Nelson – trombone
Kathy Jenson-sexy Bond girl voice

Technical personnel and information:

Executive Producer - Gary Grant
Associate Producer - Wayne Bergeron

Recorded: Wayne Bergeron Big Band and strings recorded at EastWest Studios, Hollywood, CA
Dec 22, 2012, Nov 22, 2013, & June 18, 2015

Audio Engineer - Rich Breen
Assistant/Pro tools engineer - Jeremy Miller
Studio Manager - Candice Stewart

Musician Contractor - Barb Catlin

Additional recording:
Gault Street Studios, Van Nuys, CA - Wayne Bergeron audio engineer
Valerio Sound, Van Nuys, CA - Gary Grant audio engineer
Blue Fog Sound, Agoura Hills, CA - Dustin Higgins audio engineer
The Garage, Woodland Hills CA - Dave Weckl audio engineer
Happy Bird Studio, Sherman Oaks, CA - Wally Minko audio engineer
John Herrera Studio, Phoenix, AZ - John Herrera audio engineer

James Bond Medley - Hornheads recorded at Bone 2 B Wild Studio, Minneapolis, MN by Michael B. Nelson
Rhythm section recorded at The Brewhouse, Minneapolis, MN by Rob Genadek
Mixed by Rob Genadek and Michael B. Nelson
Produced by Michael B. Nelson, Gary Grant and Wayne Bergeron

Final mixes (Except James Bond medley): LAFX Studio, N. Hollywood, CA by Tommy Vicari, Gary Grant & Wayne Bergeron
Assistant/Pro Tools engineer-Spencer Guerra

Mastering: The Bakery/Mastered by Eric Boulanger

Technical Information:
Solo Trumpet & Flugelhorn recorded with R-122 Royer Ribbon microphones.
Brass recorded with Royer 121 & 122 ribbon microphones.
Saxophones recorded with Mohave MA-200 & MA-300 microphones.
For more information on Royer microphones go to www.Royerlabs.com

Photographers: Joe Meyer & Anna Marie Rewall

Cover art & graphic design: Mark and Connie Beecher



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Wm. Severin Thompson

Does it get any better?
No. No it does not. With a player's players list of personnel, stunning, vibrant arrangements, this recording really makes an impression from beginning to end. The arrangements and recording have a spatial quality that gives the sound a great expanse. Tributes to trumpet great of the past are a sensitive, sentimental touch. Of course, then, there's Wayne. What separates Wayne from the humans of the trumpet world is his uncanny accuracy in the upper (upper) register, while achieving both sizzle and a ginormous sound... not easy to do. His tone up and down the horn is unique.... familiar even, since his work as top call player in Hollywood has made his sound ubiquitous. You hear it, and you know it's Wayne.... because few can approach his level of talent. This recording has quickly become a favorite of mine.. not because it's new, but because it's so damn good.