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Thomas Borgmann

Borgmann began his career in the early 1980s, working mainly with the Berlin Art Ensemble around Nick Steinhaus (participating in the 1981 Tour Southamerica for the Goethe-Institut, and the 1982 Nickelsdorfer Konfrontationen). He went on to the Sirone Sextet in New York (1987); the Hidden Quartet (with Dietmar Diesner, Erik Balke, and Jonas Akerblom); and Noise & Toys (with Valery Dudkin, Sascha Kondraschkin). In 1991, Borgmann founded the Orkestra Kith’N Kin (with Hans Reichel, John Tchicai, Pat Thomas, Jay Oliver, Mark Sanders, Lol Coxhill and others). Later he toured with his Quartet Ruf der Heimat (founded in 1993 with Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, Peter Brötzmann, Willi Kellers, Christoph Winckel), and with the Trio Blue Zoo (with Borah Bergman and Brötzmann)

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Thomas Borgmann Trio: One For Cisco

Read "One For Cisco" reviewed by John Sharpe

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 ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2013

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2013" reviewed by John Sharpe

Here are twelve new releases which stood out from those I heard this year, in no special order. Mostly Other People Do The Killing Slippery Rock (Hot Cup Records) Leader and bassist Moppa Elliott's songwriting talents haven't deserted him: his charts, named after small Pennsylvania towns, are bursting at ...

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

Read "Nasty & Sweet" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il trio protagonista di questo doppio LP (tirato in soli 400 esemplari) nasce nel 1995 con alla batteria Denis Charles. Alla sua morte (marzo '98) gli subentra Reggie Nicholson, finché nel 2002 anche Wilber Morris ci lascia e il gruppo si scioglie. Le registrazioni (live) qui documentate colgono la seconda edizione del trio all'inizio del suo ...

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

Read "Nasty & Sweet" reviewed by John Sharpe

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 ...

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Boom Box: Jazz

Read "Jazz" reviewed by John Sharpe

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Summer Jazz Cycling Tour 25: Groningen, The Netherlands, August 26-27, 2011

Read "Summer Jazz Cycling Tour 25: Groningen, The Netherlands, August 26-27, 2011" reviewed by John Sharpe

Summer Jazz Cycling Tour 25Groningen, Netherlands August 26-27, 2011 Only in the Netherlands. Where else would anyone think to create such a harmonious conjugation of jazz and cycling? Now in its 25th year, the annual ZomerJazzFietsTour (Summer Jazz Cycling Tour) takes place in the bucolic countryside just outside Groningen in the northern Netherlands. ...

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Boom Box: Jazz

Read "Jazz" reviewed by Henry Smith

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 ...

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Boom Box: Jazz

Read "Jazz" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

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 ...

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Boom Box: Jazz

Read "Jazz" reviewed by John Eyles

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 ...


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