Friday, April 12, 2013

Thomas Borgmann, Wilber Morris, Reggie Nicholson, Nasty & Sweet

The double LP Nasty & Sweet (No Business NBLP 57/58) is a bit of a find, the weighty hard-blowing trio of Euro reedist Thomas Borgmann, bass legend Wilber Morris, and always on high throttle drummer Reggie Nicholson live and in the studio in 1998 and 1999.

It's beautiful to hear these cats going at it on some choice vinyl slabs and that's how I've been feeling listening closely to the sides for the past couple of weeks.

I am not as familiar with Borgmann as I should be, but he impresses me with his hard energy and big tenor sound, his snakish soprano, his wealth of ideas, his ability to sound right in the company of two monster players.

The program of band originals do the right thing--set up the free-wheeling dynamic between all three.

The recording is quite nice sounding and you get plenty of music. I am sorry I didn't get a chance to hear this trio in person, but the next best thing is an expansive recording such as this, freebopping its way into your inner musical mind. It's a big pleasant surprise that will renew your faith that good music is all around, even some we never heard from 15 years ago!


  1. nice one
    borgmann soundings today: