"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."