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Jim Staley (trombone), Bora Bergman (piano), Phoebe Legere (voice, accordian)
The ten pieces on this 59.5 minute audio CD feature duets betwen Staley and Bergman or
Staley and Legere. No single piece has all three artists on it.
Program director for the hot NYC performance space Roulette,
Staley mostly keeps himself to one of three types of trombone playing, long tones,
mumbling jazz style, and a digeridu style. He also plays some difference tones and does
some jazz work with a mute. Bergman's style is a fast atonal frenzy of short notes and
grand gestures. Ostensibly, this is due to his ambidextrous approach to the piano.
Classically trained Legere shows incredible improv music and poetry chops, both
automatic and prewritten. Her voice can transition from just about any style and emotional
tone to any other with great control and dexterity. Her accordian playing is an
understated series of chord progressions. Her love song on track 5 is anything but
understated. Is this the same artist as the Phoebe Legere of pop and country legend?
The pieces transition from the seriousness of the fast and furious Staley/Bergman
gestalten to the humorous and intense Staley/Legere dynamic. Quite a wild ride, I assure
you. - Glenn Engstrand