127

David Borgo: Massanetta Springs

Frank Rubolino By

Sign in to view read count
David Borgo: Massanetta Springs 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.

Sam Wilson weaves delicate guitar strains into the pattern on six of the cuts to provide a softened balance between the flurries oozing from Borgo’s horns. Wilson makes a solid contribution with his advanced concepts as he dances over the strings adding an intimate touch to the tunes. On four of the selections with Wilson also on board, trumpeter John D’Earth puts sparkle into play. He and Borgo take off on a dual mission while Wilson smoothes the path as the rhythm guitarist; then Wilson joins the improvising fun with rounds of his own.

Drummer Mark Ferber keeps the solid time on all selections. He and either bassist Pete Spar or Roberto Miranda underpin the program that stays mainly inside but does occasional flirting with the liberated side.

Two jazz standards are featured. Mingus’s “Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love” gets a romantic reading from a typical Mingus-style three-horn front line, which includes trombonist Alan Ferber. Borgo and Ferber then jump into the quartet mode doing Dave Holland’s classic “Conference of the Birds.” Borgo switches to soprano saxophone, which neatly blends with the frictionless tones from Ferber’s trombone. One other configuration is offered. Borgo joins with alto saxophonist David Pope on the swinging Pope original “Pomodori,” which opens up to a wild, merry chase as both reed players blow with enthusiasm.

Borgo offers a varied palette on this recording. He touches on the past, teases with the future, but mainly speaks in the present tense. The assorted groupings yield diversified but consistently appealing music having tangibility without sacrificing challenge.

Visit www.circumventionmusic.com


Track Listing: Massanetta Springs (7:18) / Only in My Dreams (6:21) / Heron Pool (8:59) / Scomotion (5:14) / Duke Ellington

Personnel: David Borgo-tenor & soprano saxophones; John D

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Circumvention Music | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "The Invariant" CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 17, 2017
Read "Trio Miami" CD/LP/Track Review Trio Miami
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 8, 2016
Read "Jaco Pastorius" CD/LP/Track Review Jaco Pastorius
by Sacha O'Grady
Published: October 17, 2016
Read "Eight Track II" CD/LP/Track Review Eight Track II
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 27, 2016
Read "Mingus, Mingus, Mingus" CD/LP/Track Review Mingus, Mingus, Mingus
by Troy Dostert
Published: September 21, 2016
Read "MG50 Peace & Fire" CD/LP/Track Review MG50 Peace & Fire
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 12, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!