A student from the Hard Bop school, he played from 1973–76 with Horace Silver and from 1977–83 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 with the band.
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 Ave South NYC club. He worked with Chick Corea, Steve Gadd and Eddie Gomez 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 tragically killed in a road traffic accident in East Hampton, NY while driving to buy a pack of cigarettes. The person who crashed into his car was a good friend, driving a dump truck that accidentally skidded on ice.
NEWS OBITUARIES; Bob Berg mixed philanthropy and milling; He recorded memories that can be heard at the Mill City Museum.(NEWS)(Obituary)
Nov 25, 2005; Byline: Heron Marquez Estrada; Staff Writer Bob Berg, who helped establish the Twin Cities Ronald McDonald House in 1979 and who...