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Borah Bergman/Thomas Chapin: Toronto 1997

In the company of his longstanding trio, multireedist Thomas Chapin built a reputation for searching, edgy music that could also be surprisingly soulful and accessible. Nothing like turning up with a player as volcanic as pianist Borah Bergman to deconstruct that notion, even if it’s just for the duration of a single recording. Toronto 1997 (Boxholder) catches an ailing Chapin (who suffered from Leukemia and would not live more than a few months more) and Bergman playing live at the Du Maurier Downtown Jazz Festival. The intense, volatile music the two create is definitely not for neophytes.

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