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Borah Bergman: His Fatha’s Son

Borah Bergman

You hear how I talk? I get revved up sometimes, right? Like a stream of consciousness,” pianist Borah Bergman says. “I always liked Bud Powell. He was the epitome of greatness, after Earl Hines. Well, Bud Powell played fast. I tried to play faster. I just liked it. I liked the speed of it.”

Borah Bergman can play fast, there is no doubt: the sheer velocity and strength of his playing is stunning. “When I heard ‘Chasin’ the Trane,’ that was it,” Berman says. “Fantastic influence on me. What I did was take it and play it at 45 RPM and practice with it.”

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