Thomas Borgmann: Thomas Borgmann Trio with Peter Brotzmann: Stalker Songs
Borgmann and Brotzmann blaze brightly on both pieces like blowtorches, superheating their improvisations with white-hot intensity. Brotzmann's brass balls and bronze lungs are in full effect and his usual dour lamentations are tempered at times with an almost hopeful bent. This mitigated aura of optimism is most audible when he hoists the taragoto to his mustachioed lips. On tenor he reverts back to his characteristic burly histrionics. Ropy braids of dissonance spout from his horn and his raw tone remains the personification of uncompromising integrity. Borgmann's approach is more varied and less reliant on naked emotion though he sometimes tries to match the brute force of Brotzmann's barbarous yawp. His lines frequently twist and dance across the roiling rhythmic backdrop offered by Morris' muscular strums and Charles sentorian drums, particularly when he switches to keening sopranino.
Both of the disc's improvisations are over a half-hour in length apiece, but their duration dissipates swiftly. Each is structured around a string of solos and though the logical emphasis is placed firmly on the horns, both Charles and Morris move to the fore on occasion and turn in engrossing passages of their own. Charles plethoric solo on "Part 1" is especially absorbing.
Overall "Part 2" is more cohesive structurally, benefiting from an improved microphone set-up and slightly increased dynamic range between the players, but both pieces will capture your attention and carry you along at full throttle. In the liners, Marc Rusch, the recording engineer, comments on the powerful energy forged by the four throughout the entire session. This sustained potency definitely transfers through in the recording. Listeners with a special affinity for unbridled free improvisation will find a lot to relish in the uncorked brilliance these players pour forth.
Track Listing: Stalker Songs Part 1/ Stalker Songs Part 2.
Recorded: September 23, 1997, The Spirit Room, Rossie, New York.
Personnel: Thomas Borgmann- tenor, soprano & sopranino saxophones; Peter Brotzmann- clarinet, tarogato, tenor saxophone; Wilbur Morris- double bass; Denis Charles- drums.
Record Label: CIMP Records
Style: Modern Jazz