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Borah Bergman/Oliver Lake: A New Organization

Here is another entry in the short but distinguished list of piano-sax duo recordings, and a top-flight effort it is. Lake has devoted himself to a wide range of black music styles since his mid-’70s arrival, some of which, like his reggae-jazz fusion efforts, have seemed less rewarding than his early work. On this duo with Jewish pianist Bergman, Lake’s at his blackest best. His blues-drenched sound cuts through the dense clusters that Bergman throws out as the two men continually push things to a near-frenetic, yet always controlled, pace. Bergman’s playing will be a revelation for listeners who haven’t caught up with him yet. Completely comfortable operating in the post-Taylor tradition, he has his own extensions of the vocabulary and new directions as well.

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