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Borah Bergman

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Early in his career, it had been typical for jazz critics to compare the extraordinary totally free jazz pianist Borah Bergman to Cecil Taylor. Nevertheless, critics subsequently described the folly in such evaluations, perpetuating the same juxtaposition, rather than hearing Bergman abstracted from such issues. Though Bergman himself stated Tristano, Monk, and Powell as affects, he rated assessment with nobody, therefore singular was his capability as an improvising pianist. Bergman experienced possibly the most extensive technique of any jazz musician on any device. His service was non-pareil with both of your hands. Bergman could improvise spontaneous free of charge counterpoint at unfathomable rates of speed and with exceptional precision. His absolutely personal design was credited in no little component to his very own technical innovations; simply no pianist in the annals of jazz ever created even more acceleration and agility in his still left hands. Additionally, Bergman got refined a method of using crossed hands that augmented his fluency to a much greater level. Bergman’s greatest features were, nevertheless, the staggering quality and level of his concepts, as well as the ineffable strength with which he performed those concepts. Bergman was of a sort with the greatest jazz music artists with regards to originality and motivation. The only cause now to consider him against Cecil Taylor would be to place both artists on a single level of innovative accomplishment. Bergman performed clarinet as a kid, but didn’t start on piano until in his twenties. Bergman decided immediately that he wished to develop a person tone of voice. As he informed the article writer Francis Davis, “I understood there is no stage in sounding nearly as effective as Bud Powell.” The right-handed Bergman worked well for a long time in conditioning his left hands. For a while, he used playing left-handed nearly exclusively. Ultimately — like a pianist, a minimum of — he became ambidextrous. Bergman started documenting late aswell. His 1st four albums had been solo efforts; the very first, Discovery, premiered in 1975 around the Chiaroscuro label. Three even more would adhere to, including 1983’s A FRESH Frontier and 1985’s UGLY Visions, both on Spirit Take note. In 1992, the pianist started some effective duo collaborations. The very first was Inversions in the Muworks label, using the youthful free-bop altoist Thomas Chapin. Pursuing that came a set of Spirit Take note albums that cemented Bergman’s popularity, 1993’s The Individual Aspect with drummer Andrew Cyrille and 1994’s The Fireplace Story with soprano saxophonist Evan Parker. The last mentioned album was specifically powerful, matching since it do two of the very most formidable improvisers in jazz. His albums out of this period add a duo/trio documenting with saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell and vocalist Thomas Buckner, a trio with saxophonists Peter Brötzmann and Thomas Borgmann, and another trio with Brötzmann and Cyrille. Because the ’90s drew to some close, Bergman’s documented output continued to go up substantially, as do his profile among the music’s main contributors. That didn’t diminish because the 21st hundred years opened up, with Bergman remaining active, releasing many live units and 2003’s Meditations for Piano and 2009’s Luminescence, both on Tzadik Information. However, Bergman produced his last live shows around 2010, and Luminescence (a trio day with bassist Greg Cohen and drummer Kenny Wollesen, with John Zorn presented on alto sax using one monitor) would end up being his final record. Reportedly surviving in a medical home and experiencing dementia, Borah Bergman passed away on Oct 18, 2012 (exactly the same time as saxophonist David S. Ware); the pianist was 85 yrs . old.

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Died October 18, 2012, New York, United States
Profession Jazz Pianist
Music Songs Exhilaration, Meditation 1, A New Organization, Upside Down Visions, Meditation 3, Meditation 6, Meditation 4, Spirit Song, Meditation 7, Meditation 2, Ballad Of A Child Alone, Meditation 5, Uncharted Rivers Flow Forever, The River of Sounds, The Mahout, Poignant Dream, Prelude To An Apex, Falconets, The Second Whirlpool, The Red Castle, Bending the Blend, Propelling the Barricade, Andrew's Song, The Mighty Oak, I Kiss Your Eyes, Autograph Two, Red Shadows, I Won't Wash For Three Days, Chasin' The Train I, At Any Given Moment, Focus On Sanity, When The Night Turns Around
Albums Meditations for Piano, Eight By Three, The Italian Concert, Inversions, Live at Tortona, A New Frontier, Luminescence, Meditation For Piano, The Mahout, The River of Sounds, One More Time, Exhilaration, A New Organization, Left, The Human Factor, Reflections On Ornette Coleman And The Stone House, Upside Down Visions


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Production Designer

Production Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Armchair Theatre 1958-1961 TV Series 20 episodes
Armchair Mystery Theatre 1960 TV Series 1 episode
The Terrible Choice 1960 TV Series 4 episodes
ITV Play of the Week 1956-1959 TV Series 4 episodes
No Hiding Place 1959 TV Series 1 episode
The Verdict Is Yours 1959 TV Series 4 episodes
Murder Bag 1958 TV Series 1 episode
Boyd Q.C. 1956-1958 TV Series 4 episodes
ITV Television Playhouse 1956-1958 TV Series 5 episodes
The Magic Fishbone 1955 TV Movie
London Playhouse 1955 TV Series 3 episodes
Round at the Redways 1955 TV Series 1 episode
House of Darkness 1948

Art Director

Art Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Undercover Agent 1953
Death Goes to School 1953
Noose for a Lady 1953
The Shadow Man 1953
The Great Game 1953
A Killer Walks 1952
Ghost Ship 1952
Crow Hollow 1952
Sing Along with Me 1952
Mystery Junction 1951
Assassin for Hire 1951
The Dark Man 1951
The Third Visitor 1951
The Gorbals Story 1950
The Temptress 1949
The Secret Tunnel 1948
House of Darkness 1948 as George Haslem
Five Towns 1947 Documentary short
Circus Boy 1947
The Glen Is Ours 1946 Short
The Atomic Man 1955
The Case of the Red Monkey 1955
The Brain Machine 1955
Terror Ship 1954
John of the Fair 1954
The Secret Cave 1953

Set Decorator

Set Decorator

TitleYearStatusCharacter
ITV Television Playhouse 1956 TV Series 1 episode
ITV Play of the Week 1956 TV Series 1 episode
Barbie 1955 TV Series 6 episodes
Night Plane to Amsterdam 1955 Short settings

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
ITV Play of the Week 1957 TV Series settings - 1 episode
Barbie 1955 TV Series designer - 1 episode
English Criminal Justice 1946 Documentary short designs / settings

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Here and Now 1961 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewer

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