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David Borgo: Pathika

Read "Pathika" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

San Diego's David Borgo, a top-tier jazz saxophonist and an ethnomusicologist with a professorship day job at the University of California at San Diego, says, “Ethnomusicology is like the anthropology of music." He puts this concept into practice with his teaching for the “Semester At Sea." This educational cruise program takes students to various ports worldwide to expose them to perspective-broadening travel and first-hand experience with different cultures. The students benefit; the teachers do, too. Borgo, ...

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A Pair From Saxophonist David Borgo

Read "A Pair From Saxophonist David Borgo" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

When saxophonist David Borgo is not attending to his teaching duties at UC San Diego (Integrated Studies and Jazz Music of the African Diaspora Programs) he immerses himself in the art of jazz, recording and performing. He has released twelve CDs and he performs regularly in his adopted hometown, San Diego. Writing for All About Jazz, reviewer Frank Roboliino says of the artist: “Borgo has the history of music down pat...he touches on the past, teases with the future, but ...

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David Borgo: Ubuntu

Read "Ubuntu" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

E’ cresciuto David Borgo. Avevamo lasciato il giovane sassofonista e ricercatore del Maryland con un album un po’ anonimo, in bilico tra post-Bop e Fusion, sia pur d’autore (Massanetta Spring, edito dalla Circumvention Music nel 2003) e oggi lo ritroviamo alle prese con un vero e proprio “concept-album”, pieno di frutti gustosi e saporiti. Al centro di questo nuovo lavoro c’è Abdullah Ibrahim e, di rimando, tutto il mondo musicale (e politico) espresso dal Sud Africa. L’idea del disco è ...

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David Borgo: Reverence for Uncertainty

Read "Reverence for Uncertainty" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The simple cardboard sleeve of Reverence for Uncertainty is decorated with what looks like clouds against a sunset, evoking a feeling of openness and freedom, of detachment from the ground and the mundane. The music is quite remarkable and Borgo is quite a player, with a wonderful sound and total control over his instruments. According to the notes, all tracks are collective improvisations while tracks #2, 4, 8, and 12 involve pre-composed material by Borgo and tracks ...

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David Borgo: Massanetta Springs

Read "Massanetta Springs" reviewed by Frank Rubolino

David Borgo, who is a jazz educator at the university level, emits a relaxed, breathy tone from his tenor saxophone to give his improvisations a lilting quality. He plays with groups ranging from trio to sextet on this multi-hued recording comprised mostly of his compositions. Borgo has the history of the music down pat; his tunes offer a flavoring of post-bop structure, but he steers the bands unerringly into the current era through his gliding improvising style and tune construction. ...


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