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Monks

Label: Somerealmusic
Released: 2020
Track listing: Well You Needn't (take 1); Well You Needn't (take 2); Thelonious; Light Blue; 'Round Midnight; A Free Association Peregrination In The Fecund And Funky Fields Of Monkdom; Criss-Cross; Well You Needn't (slight return);

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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 ...

Vita Brevis

Label: Somerealmusic
Released: 2014
Track listing: Improvisation; When Autumn Comes; Chasin' Another Train (of Thought); Vita Brevis, Occasio Praeceps; Soundcheck.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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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