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The Line Between by Bob Kaufman Bruce Gertz Jerry Bergonzi

In a way free jazz can be imagined as the study of chaos and nonlinear mathematics. It can be visualized as a rising column of smoke breaking into wild swirls or a dripping faucet going from a steady flow to a random dribble or the behavior of pedestrians that cluster on a crowded urban sidewalk: a steady stream falling into asymmetrical, unpredictable patterns.

"The Lines Between" presents a soundscape that is jarring, disturbing and dissonant. It is not finding that thread of serenity in the midst of disturbance. The music of a trio of Berklee professors--drummer Bob Kaufman, bassist Bruce Gertz and tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergozi--is a constant din of bubbling bursts and whirling melodies that disintegrate and reappear in fragments. This will appeal to those who have a taste for randomness and complexity, for patterns dissolving into jagged edges and sudden leaps.

Ultimately, it is a heady music that feels cold and alienated. It is often melancholic and introspective. The trio sounds much the same over the course of the recording. The music can be unrelenting. The melodies don't stick; they are like blurred images of faces and bodies in motion. The liner notes quote author Alice Monroe: "I don't see that people develop and arrive somewhere. I just see people living in flashes." This is an apt description of "The Lines Between."

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Bob Kaufman Bruce Gertz Jerry Bergonzi
  • CD Title: The Line Between
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Whaling City Sound
  • Rating: Two Stars
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