Ivo Perelman has often recorded without a pianist, but on Geometry, Borah Bergman's piano is his only accompaniment. Having worked with Roscoe Mitchell, Bergman was no stranger to daring saxmen of the avant-garde -- and Perelman is certainly daring on abstract, difficult originals like "Equal Angles," "Linear Passion" and "Sonic Conic," as well as two versions of the Brazilian folk song "Cavaquinho." Like other pianists Perelman has played with (including Marilyn Crispell and Matthew Shipp), Bergman is a disciple of the seminal Cecil Taylor. But being a disciple isn't the same as being a clone, and Bergman's passionate improvisations prove that he's hardly without interesting ideas of his own. Because this CD doesn't quite fall into the "essential" category, it's important to stress that those new to Perelman would be better off starting out with Tapeba Songs, En Adir, Children of Ibeji or Man of the Forest. Nonetheless, Geometry is an enjoyable release that Perelman's more-devoted followers will want.
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AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson