Borah Bergman

The River of Sounds

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A very unusual trio recording from pianist Borah Bergman, featuring Konrad "Conny" Bauer on trombone and Mat Maneri on electric six-string violin. Two extended pieces, "Jim" and "Spindell Kresge," alternate between busy, colliding bursts of free improv and sparser, more intimate episodes. Two medium-length tracks, "The River of Sounds" and "Children's Notebooks, Pencils, Little Briefcases," are full-charging free excursions. The trio introduces still more textures on two very brief selections: "The Blond Woman" pairs piano and violin in a kind of fractured ballad, while "D." closes the disc with dissonant drones from trombone and violin, with piano singing on top. Maneri's low strings sound cello-like at times, blending with Bauer's horn in an arresting fashion. A cryptic and somewhat ominous story, which Bergman relays in the liner notes, inspired this suite of abstract compositions.