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Borah Bergman

Borah Bergman was an American free jazz pianist. Bergman was born in Brooklyn. He learned clarinet as a child, and did not commence his piano studies until adulthood. He developed his left hand playing to the point where he became essentially ambidextrous as a pianist, and can play equally fast in both hands. He recorded four albums as a soloist before embarking on several duo and trio albums in the 1990s and 2000s. He died, aged 78, in New York.

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Bill Dixon e Cecil Taylor: iniziò a Verona

Read "Bill Dixon e Cecil Taylor: iniziò a Verona" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La pubblicazione di quest'inedita incisione in studio documenta un momento storico: il magistrale e fugace confronto artistico tra Bill Dixon e Cecil Taylor dell'estate 1992. I due protagonisti del free dettero il 25 giugno di quell'anno un concerto a Verona Jazz, nei giorni seguenti s'esibirono a Vienne (Francia) e subito dopo entrarono in studio ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Borah Bergman - Wilber Morris - Sunny Murray: Monks

Read "Monks" reviewed by John Sharpe

For free jazz aficionados, it is much like unearthing a hitherto unknown archaeological treasure. For ordinary listeners, dulled by all the Monk retreads, there has been little to prepare them for the startling reinvention on Monks by pianist Borah Bergman, bassist Wilber Morris and drummer Sunny Murray. It has taken a while to surface. After the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Frode Gjerstad: Bop Stop

Read "Bop Stop" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

A cavallo tra gli anni Settanta e Ottanta, quando nella scena jazz norvegese la presenza dell'etichetta germanica Ecm stimolava e indirizzava le scelte di tanti musicisti, il sassofonista Frode Gjerstad si volgeva a un altro panorama, cercando il contatto con le odissee procellose dell'improvvisazione storica europea, volgendosi soprattutto all'area britannica. Qui collaborò con grandi maestri che ...

ARTICLE: MY FAVOURITE THINGS

Jason Kao Hwang

Read "Jason Kao Hwang" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Il tratto principale della mia musica Le qualità su cui concentro i miei sforzi sono l'umanità e la verità sonora. La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me Mi piacciono i musicisti con una fervida immaginazione, che si esprimono attraverso un linguaggio autenticamente e pienamente personale. Mi piacciono i ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Borah Bergman/Peter Brötzmann/Frode Gjerstad: Left

Read "Left" reviewed by John Sharpe

Left brings together a particularly uncompromising triumvirate of veterans in pianist Borah Bergman (who died in 2012), German saxophone icon Peter Brötzmann and Norwegian reedman Frode Gjerstad. Although all three recorded after this date in various combinations, this performance from the 1996 Molde International Jazz Festival was the threesome's first and only appearance together on disc. ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Something old, something new, something reissued, something Brötzmann blew.

Read "Something old, something new, something reissued, something Brötzmann blew." reviewed by Mark Corroto

Can the entire history of a musical genre be encoded in one man's DNA? If that is possible, then reading the DeoxyriboNucleic Acid molecules in saxophonist Peter Brötzmann's body would yield all the information a musical scientist studying the development of free jazz would require. Since the 1960s, he has been in the center of the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dialogo su Thomas Chapin, con Stefano Pastor e Stefano Leonardi

Read "Dialogo su Thomas Chapin, con Stefano Pastor e Stefano Leonardi" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

La realizzazione del documentario Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song ci offre l'occasione di fare una chiacchierata con il violinista Stefano Pastor e il flautista Stefano Leonardi, due tenaci e impavidi musicisti e improvvisatori che nel 2014 hanno pubblicato, in quartetto con Fridolin Blumer al contrabbasso e Heinz Geisser alla batteria, il CD Conversations about Thomas Chapin: ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Blue Buddha: Blue Buddha

Read "Blue Buddha" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Blue Buddha riunisce due calibri da novanta della scena contemporanea come Dave Douglas e Bill Laswell. Gli accosta un giovane batterista e compositore che si distingue tra le nuove personalità per caratura e ingegno, autore già in prima persona di lavori notevoli, tra cui That / Not e Alloy. Ma pure coprotagonista con Roscoe Mitchell dello ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Borah Bergman/Kidd Jordan/William Parker/Michael Wimberly: Vita Brevis

Read "Vita Brevis" reviewed by John Sharpe

Vita Brevis represents maverick pianist Borah Bergman's last session before his death at age 85 in 2013. In the liners label boss Joe Chonto speculates that Bergman suffered from undiagnosed Aspberger's syndrome. As such it's perhaps not a surprise that he found his niche in outsider music--the jazz avant-garde. However his musical ability was never in ...


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