Dorgon

Broken/Circle

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This is a reissue of two independently released albums, one called Broken and, you guessed it, the other called Circle. Dorgon is a mysterious person who plays a C-Melody saxophone, and William Parker needs no introduction. There are nine tracks included here, and none of these duets are titled -- though some of them are actually Warne Marsh and Jimmy Giuffre tunes masked as other things. While there isn't anything particularly wrong with this set, there isn't any magic either. Parker sounds bored out of his mind when the music moves inside, and that may be because Dorgon plays so stiffly himself. Parker does his best to move around inside these major key harmonics, but he's not given enough to go on, so he pretty much solos against Dorgon, which creates more tedium. Dorgon, for his part, shows little imagination as a free player. He can squeal like John Zorn, but he can't play like him. He can play like a stilted Art Pepper, but he can't improvise like him. And Parker is just there playing this exceptionally beautiful bass with no one to feed his ideas to, so, eventually, the listener's interest is lost.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
1:19
2
4:30
3
4:01
4
2:08
5
6:45
6
4:47
7
2:23
8
9:02
9
2:51
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