All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

10

Tim Berne: Incidentals

Mike Jurkovic By

Sign in to view read count
Through three previous releases on ECM, (including the widely hailed 2015 release You've Been Watching Me alto saxophonist Tim Berne's sonic amalgamation Snakeoil has proven itself an often knotty and dissonant band of free creators, making them the perfect vehicle for Berne's often knotty and dissonant musical ideas.

But it's mind boggling on many levels how these guys—clarinetist Oscar Noriega, relative newcomer guitarist Ryan Ferreira, pianist and electronicist Matt Mitchell, drummer/percussionist Ches Smith, and producer/guitarist David Torn—sustain the creative, panoramic cacophony for as long as Berne's imagination demands. "Hora Feliz" incites the tides, slowly moving from Torn's shadowy guitar to a primal group improv at once so off-kilter yet focused it dazzles. Speaking of dazzles, the sweeping, twenty six minute study of creation, chaos, destruction, and redemption "Sideshow" thunders ominously and obsessively with Mitchell and Smith leading the mad charge then, like survivors seeking solace, the work slows, melodies and textures wandering the landscape, shape shifting to triumphant dance. On the following "Incidentals Contact" Smith again sets the tone, this time on vibraphone, seemingly impervious to the insistent push and pull of his band-mates, yet adhering to Berne's creative philosophy that the more room you allow any player, the greater the whole plays together. It's a bold. challenging concept indeed, but it has served Berne and his cohorts well.

Track Listing: Hora Feliz; Stingray Shuffle; Sideshow; Incidentals Contact; Prelude One/Sequel Too.

Personnel: Tim Berne: alto saxophone; Oscar Noriega: clarinet, bass clarinet; Ryan Ferreira: guitars; Matt Mitchell: piano, electronics; Ches Smith: drums, vibraphone, timpani, percussion; David Torn: guitar (1, 3).

Title: Incidentals | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: ECM Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
General Articles
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Incidentals

Incidentals

ECM Records
2017

buy
You’ve Been Watching Me

You’ve Been...

ECM Records
2015

buy
 

Hammered

Clean Feed Records
2013

buy
Shadow Man

Shadow Man

ECM Records
2013

buy
 

Small Places

JazzMa Records
2012

buy

Related Articles

Read Royal Family CD/LP/Track Review
Royal Family
by Chris May
Published: November 19, 2018
Read W CD/LP/Track Review
W
by John Eyles
Published: November 19, 2018
Read Igbó Alákọrin CD/LP/Track Review
Igbó Alákọrin
by Jim Trageser
Published: November 19, 2018
Read Hello Human CD/LP/Track Review
Hello Human
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: November 19, 2018
Read Svårmod Och Vemod Är Värdesinnen CD/LP/Track Review
Svårmod Och Vemod Är Värdesinnen
by Vitalijus Gailius
Published: November 19, 2018
Read Ancestros CD/LP/Track Review
Ancestros
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 18, 2018
Read "Danza Imposible" CD/LP/Track Review Danza Imposible
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 20, 2017
Read "Ask For Chaos" CD/LP/Track Review Ask For Chaos
by Gareth Thompson
Published: August 18, 2018
Read "EP 1" CD/LP/Track Review EP 1
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 16, 2018
Read "The Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Stangel – Beethoven Revisited Symphonies 1-9" CD/LP/Track Review The Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Stangel –...
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 24, 2018
Read "I Know I Dream" CD/LP/Track Review I Know I Dream
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 22, 2017
Read "More Songs About Error And Shame" CD/LP/Track Review More Songs About Error And Shame
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 24, 2018