Borah Bergman / Lol Coxhill / Paul Hession - Acts of Love
[Mutable Music,]

Picture a trio of musicians who had not recorded previously. Put them in a room and watch fireworks fly. Pianist Borah Bergman, saxophonist Lol Coxhill and percussionist Paul Hession together make music that is as obtuse as it is thrilling to hear. Their 'Acts of Love' is in fact a true exercise in intense improvisation. For just over 40 minutes, the trio enhance our appreciation for the art of the improvised and the labour of the newly formed trio language. Borah Bergman's hard hitting piano technique is now well known and thoroughly documented. His hard hitting approach has often been compared to that of Cecil Taylor. Not unlike Cecil, he favours to use the piano as a percussive instrument. Too often in the past, his playing [especially in a duo format] was similar to a duel rather than a conversation with the partner-musician. Luckily for us, here his approach has been refined. Though there are still moments of unadulterated thick clusters of piano madness, overall his style is more contemplative. Add to this equation the stunning soprano work of Lol Coxhill. Very few players can achieve the same level of lyrical playing that is this magnetic. His blowing is rarely over-the-top. Though he likes to play those high pitched squeaky lines, his work never silences the other two partners. Finally, we come to the glue of the trio, percussionist Paul Hession. Without a doubt, one of the most criminally overlooked percussionists of the last couple of decades proves that his effortless style of off-key percussion work should have won him more accolades in the past. This may be the trio's first recorded date, but a hell of a way to announce your debut. Roar like a lion!

Tom Sekowski

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