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Thomas Borgmann Trio: One For Cisco

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This limited edition LP documents a collectively birthed exploration spread across the two sides by the visiting German pair of reedman Thomas Borgmann and long time associate drummer Willi Kellers, who team up with NYC bassist Max Johnson. The concert took place as part of the New York Tenor Saxophone Festival at Ibeam in 2015 organized by Cisco Bradley of Jazz Right Now fame, hence the title. The trio constitutes a favored format for Borgmann. He's helmed two killer outfits ...

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Thomas Borgmann / Wilber Morris / Reggie Nicholson: Nasty & Sweet

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From the first few notes, it's apparent that something special is happening on Nasty & Sweet. Perhaps it's the way bassist Wilber Morris and drummer Reggie Nicholson sound so assured in their placement of the merest splashes of color. Completely unafraid to take their time, creating a powerful tension which isn't released even when German reedman Thomas Borgmann joins with his breathily majestic tenor saxophone smears. There is a story here.Borgmann's trio with the monster US rhythm team ...

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Boom Box: Jazz

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Some might think there an element of presumption in titling a CD Jazz, but German saxophonist Thomas Borgmann gets right to the essence in this set by his Boom Box trio, with drummer Willi Kellers and bassist Akira Ando: spontaneous three-way conversations which swing. Borgmann has a back story that takes in iconoclasts such as saxophonists Peter Brotzmann and Charles Gayle, and pianist Borah Bergman, so the lyrical freedom which he purveys here may come as something of a surprise. ...

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Boom Box: Jazz

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Free jazz can have some fairly antisocial connotations. Too often, the term raises an undeserved fear in the uninitiated, as freedom can be scary. That hardly necessitates that it lack beauty, lyricism or intimacy, however; it simply means that those traits are arrived at by organic means rather than controlled ones. Few artists understand the form's capability for such qualities as the three musicians comprising Boom Box. All veterans of the world, multi-reedist Thomas Borgmann, bassist Akira ...

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Boom Box: Jazz

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Inspired by the spirit of the great reeds and woodwinds player Eric Dolphy, Thomas Borgmann is not the only musician in Europe to become a Dolphy acolyte. Dolphy is, in fact, all but deified across the pond and it is not hard to understand why. In many ways he personifies not only the eternal, fluttering quality of the magic of music, but also its mysterious milieu, seeming to exist in each fleeting moment of its echo. It was also Dolphy, ...

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Boom Box: Jazz

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Surprises can come in the most unlikely guises and under the least likely names. Jazz is the latest example of that old maxim to never judge a book by its cover. The combination of the group name Boom Box--conjuring up images of hip-hop and oversized ghetto blasters--and a graphic style reminiscent of Peter Brötzmann albums does nothing to hint at the subtle delights to be found within. Fortunately, the album title itself is well chosen, acting as a counterweight to ...

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Thomas Borgmann: Thomas Borgmann Trio with Peter Brotzmann: Stalker Songs

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Thomas Borgmann's trio with Wilbur Morris and Denis Charles, though short-lived, was one of the top creative improvising jazz units of the last several years. After Charles death the group reformed into its current incarnation with Reggie Nicholson filling the drum chair. Recordings made before the earlier trio's demise are documents to treasure and this recording taped in the sonically inviting confines of the Spirit Room finds the original three in top form with the added wildcard factor of the ...

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Thomas Borgmann/Wilbur Morris/Reggie Nicholson: BMN...You See What We

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The passing of Denis Charles left many rifts on the landscape of creative improvised music one of which was the necessary demise of the trio he shared with Borgmann and Morris. Recouping the loss as best a possible the two surviving musicians enlisted the aid of Reggie Nicholson and embarked on an exhaustive but edifying 8000 mile tour of Europe and the States. This session taped, in the acoustically inviting Spirit Room (which at the time of this writing is ...