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Album Review

Sun of Goldfinger: Congratulations to You

Read "Congratulations to You" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


As if Tim Berne were a pied piper bearing the eleventh hour of democracy solely on his back, on the fourteen-minute opener “Bat Tears" (recorded in 2010) his rebel alto and now-retired baritone saxophones presciently pierce the abhorrent now under which we all labor, with a viscerally ecstatic, David Torn-Dopplered, sweeping, urgency which seizes the senses with all the abstract subtlety of a meat hook. Now that is a boatload to take in, but so is the concept ...

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Paraphrase: Please Advise

Read "Please Advise" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Saxophonist Tim Berne has taken his Snakeoil group to the top, with four excellent CD releases on ECM Records, including 2017's Incidentals. The ECM label is considered by many to be the gold star standard in terms of jazz--though the word “jazz" is way too confining to describe the music in their extensive catalog. That level of success for Berne and his bands could overshadow his work on his own label, Screwgun Records, where his releases include offerings by his ...

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Album Review

Matt Mitchell: Forage

Read "Forage" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Alto saxophonist Tim Berne could have been called, at the dawn of the new millennium, the American artist least likely to join the ECM Records roster. The thought here was that Berne's relentless momentum and frequent agitation and flat out wild man brazenness wouldn't fit in well enough with the European impressionism/Nordic cool approach (a definite simplification of the way ECM rolls) to attract the attention of ECM Record's head Manfred Eicher. Then Berne appeared on guitarist David Torn's Prezens ...

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Album Review

Tim Berne's Bloodcount: Seconds

Read "Seconds" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell


Nearly ten years after their last performance, saxophonist Tim Berne has resuscitated archival recordings of his influential group Bloodcount. The three-disc Seconds includes two concerts from 1997 and a documentary DVD from 1994. Hardly leftovers, the package boasts previously unavailable original compositions and the type of bristling performances that forged the band's reputation. With songs rarely shorter than eleven minutes and several stretching to fifty, Bloodcount was a vehicle for Berne's extended compositions. The labyrinthine pieces tack ...

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Tim Berne's Bloodcount: Seconds

Read "Tim Berne's Bloodcount: Seconds" reviewed by John Kelman


Tim Berne's Bloodcount Seconds Screwgun Records 2007

While documentation of saxophonist/composer Tim Berne's remarkable Bloodcount has been most widely available on Lowlife, Poisoned Minds and Memory Select--all culled from four nights in Paris in 1994, released that year on JMT and ultimately reissued in remastered form by Winter & Winter--the intrepid Berne did regroup the band subsequently, releasing live recordings from 1996 and 1997 tours of Europe and the United ...

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Album Review

Big Satan: Livein Cognito

Read "Livein Cognito" reviewed by John Kelman


Some bands are best experienced live. There's simply no denying the energy and element of surprise that occurs when playing in front of an audience. In recent years, advances in technology and a corresponding reduction in costs have closed the gap between studio and concert recordings to the point where an increasing number of artists now favor live recordings--some, like pianist Keith Jarrett, exclusively so. Livein Cognito isn't Big Satan's first live recording, but given that this trio has convened ...

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Album Review

Paraphrase: Pre-Emptive Denial

Read "Pre-Emptive Denial" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell


Without a compositional safety net, freely improvising musicians must listen deeply and react quickly to avoid excess repetition or meandering. Executed with precision, the visceral immediacy of free improv can be exhilarating, as is the case on Pre-Emptive Denial, the third release by Paraphrase, saxophonist Tim Berne's improvising trio with drummer Tom Rainey and bassist Drew Gress. Like their previous CDs, this was serendipitously recorded live by an enterprising audience member; the band had not intended to ...


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