Borah Bergman

The Fire Tale

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A showdown between the two players with the most comprehensive techniques in jazz -- Borah Bergman and Evan Parker. As a pianist, Bergman breaks down all distinctions between the left and right hands; his style is a multi-layered counterpoint of extreme sophistication and complexity. The equally hyper-dextrous Parker comes as close as any saxophonist ever has to playing counterpoint on a single-line instrument. At full steam, Parker's soprano lines are a continuous, mercuric flow, covering all registers of the horn, segmented by his incredibly fleet and precise articulations. These players do not really complement one another -- in many ways, they're just too much alike -- but neither is likely to find another so technically advanced. Scary and brilliant music.

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