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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Tim Berne's Screwgun Records: By Him, For You

Read "Tim Berne's Screwgun Records: By Him, For You" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

With the launch of Screwgun Records in 1996, saxophonist-composer Tim Berne asserted ownership of his music and signaled a shift in his aesthetic perspective. Unwound, a live 3-disc set from his double-saxophone quartet Bloodcount, was taken from audience recordings - what would become a recurrent strategy - and mastered without production tweaks, evoking the sound of ...

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Paraphrase: Pre-Emptive Denial

Read "Pre-Emptive Denial" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Alto saxophonist Tim Berne describes himself as a perfectionist, a word that has “control" lurking just under its skin. So how does someone who's into control get comfortable going into a situation of spontaneous composition, where the unpredictable is the game plan?

Paraphrase, with drummer Tom Rainey, bassist Drew Gress, and Berne, got togther to ...

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Paraphrase: Pre-Emptive Denial

Read "Pre-Emptive Denial" reviewed by John Kelman

What do you do for a release when your normal modus operandi is to play within a context of complex composed material? In the case of saxophonist Tim Berne, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer Tom Rainey, the answer is to periodically convene a group called Paraphrase, whose purpose in life is to improvise without a safety ...

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Hardcell: Feign

Read "Feign" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Like a double helix of alto saxophone and piano, no matter how far Tim Berne and Craig Taborn twist and diverge their improvisations, they are always connected, intersecting with composed passages and enveloped in the swimming rhythms of drummer Tom Rainey. Feign further explores the acoustic sensibility tested on half of last year's Hard Cell Live, ...