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John Lindberg - Karl Berger: Duets 1

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Bassist John Lindberg describes his thirty-year creative partnership with pianist/vibraphonist Karl Berger as a “symbiosis," which Wikipedia defines as “the living together in... prolonged close association of members of two usually different species, with beneficial or deleterious consequences... If you accept that definition on its face and apply it to Duets 1, you must admit the results of Lindberg and Berger's collaboration have been nothing but beneficial.

Duets 1 is made up of a series of improvisational mosaics; Lindberg and Berger get individual credit for the compositions--for instance, “Innocuous is identified as a Berger tune--but each piece is ...

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John Lindberg / Karl Berger: Duets 1

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With roots in the vocalized timbre of the blues, the conversational nature of the duet has become commonplace in jazz. The conceptual inroads made in the post-war years further expanded traditional notions of rhythm, melody and harmony, allowing even greater expressive freedom for such intimate dialogues.

Coming from different generations but arriving at the same aesthetic outlook, pianist/vibraphonist Karl Berger and bassist John Lindberg share a proclivity for lyrically contemplative free jazz. Espousing the liberated lyricism of such icons as Ornette Coleman and Paul Bley, their dialogues are more cerebral than kinetic, often bordering on the impressionistic.

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John Lindberg / Karl Berger: Duets 1

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There are many kinds of duo albums, but the more successful ones treat the burden of cooperation as a psychological, and not merely aesthetic, endeavor--conscious that a sense of human sensitivity is necessary to register great conversation (much rarer, it would seem, than intelligent art). None of this goes to say that pathos and fury can serviceably replace careful planning and good ideas, only that closeness demands intimacy and, well, two people alone are often closer than two people in a crowd.

Vibraphonist Karl Berger, a veteran of the blustery incunabula of creative American and European music, can speak more ...

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John Lindberg / Karl Berger: Duets 1

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When it comes to duo playing, chemistry is everything. Each performance is an intimate conversation, an open setting for two musical minds to converge and go where the music dictates. Bassist John Lindberg and keyboardist/vibraphonist Karl Berger have been playing together for over thirty years, developing the cohesion and intimacy that make for great performances. Duets 1 is a monument to their mutual sensitivity and singular artistic vision. Lindberg's bass lines and bowed accompaniments provide a flexible foundation for Berger, who switches between instruments over the course of nine tracks. The piano lends an impressionistic air to ...

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John Lindberg: Winter Birds

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John Lindberg is a deep musician. In almost thirty recordings as leader or co-leader, he has assembled some of the most interesting collections of great players you will ever find. Some of his so-called sidemen have included trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, drummers Andrew Cyrille and Ed Thigpen, the recently departed Albert Mangelsdorff, and Steve Lacy. Probably what intrigues such important musicians enough to play with Lindberg is that his compositions are not only interesting, but they communicate emotion. His rhythms and melodies bring out happiness, sadness, humour, and more.Winter Birds builds from the same quartet that brought us ...

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John Lindberg: Two By Five

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One of the founding members of the widely acclaimed “String Trio of New York, bassist John Lindberg has also performed with a who’s who of modern jazz stars, besides leading his own ensembles over the years. This release features the artist’s two extended compositions that skirt the fringes of contemporary classical, avant-garde and jazz improvisation. Lindberg’s first suite-like piece was commissioned and composed back in 1986 while his 2001-penned work “Basement of Desires,” follows a similar structural path.

Lindberg is recognized for his near Herculean attributes evidenced by his work with modern jazz VIPs such as multi-reedman ...

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John Lindberg Ensemble: A Tree Frog Tonality

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With A Tree Frog Tonality, it becomes easily discernible that we are listening to a union of seasoned modern jazz experts who demonstrate their respective crafts with cunning artistry and inspiring resolve. Bassist John Lindberg is arguably one of the finest acoustic bassists on this modern jazz globe as his credits and resume reads like an unending shopping list. On this new release, Lindberg performs with his peers under the moniker of the “John Lindberg Ensemble” for a radiant set emanating from studio sessions recorded in March 2000 during a European tour.

The proceedings commence with the three-part “Thanksgiving Suite”, ...



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