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Tim Berne

Tim Berne was born in Syracuse, New York in 1954, and was subjected to a perfectly normal childhood. But he didn't decide to take up music until nearly twenty years later when he was attending Lewis and Clark College in Oregon, putting most of his energy into intramural basketball. At this point, while resting a sore ankle in his dormitory, Berne encountered a saxophonist who was selling his alto, and bought it on impulse. "There was just something about the sound of the saxophone that got to me," he says. Musically, up to that point, Berne had always been motivated by all types of music, but especially by the great Stax artists like Sam and Dave and Johnnie Taylor, as well as Motown artists like Martha and the Vandellas and Gladys Knight

The Fantastic Mrs. 10

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Fantastic Mrs.10; Surface Noise; Rolo; Dear Friend; The Amazing Mr. 7; Third Option; Rose Colored Assive.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mondo Jazz Turns 100! Zeno De Rossi, Vincent Courtois, Tim Berne and New Releases

Read "Mondo Jazz Turns 100! Zeno De Rossi, Vincent Courtois, Tim Berne and New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week Mondo Jazz turns 100 episodes old. So we open with the uplifting “celebration" by South African pianist Bheki Mseleku before delving into what we like best, unearthing precious gems from around the world. In this segment we feature another great stack of new releases, including the upcoming The Fantastic Mrs. 10 by Tim Berne's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tim Berne's Snakeoil: The Fantastic Mrs. 10

Read "The Fantastic Mrs. 10" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Imagine Tim Berne as the lead in the 1980's' American television series The A-Team, declaring: “I love it when a plan comes together!" He must return to that catchphrase every time his ensemble Snakeoil finishes a recording. After four outings on Manfred Eicher's ECM Records, the previous being Incidentals (2017), he moves his A-Team to Intakt ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Piero Bittolo Bon Bread&Fox al Pinocchio di Firenze

Read "Piero Bittolo Bon Bread&Fox al Pinocchio di Firenze" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Piero Bittolo Bon Bread&Fox Pinocchio Live Jazz Firenze 21.12.2019 L'ultima data 2019 del jazz club fiorentino Pinocchio vedeva in scena il quintetto Bread&Fox di Piero Bittolo Bon, il quale—a tre anni da Big Hell on Air, uscito per Auand—presentava il nuovo album, pubblicato da Trouble in the East e anche questo ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Hanksgiving: A Tribute to Hank Roberts, Part II

Read "Hanksgiving: A Tribute to Hank Roberts, Part II" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

For the second part of our Hanksgiving tribute to Hank Roberts [click here for the first part] we focus on a number of other projects he is the leader of, including yet unreleased material of his current sextet. This segment also spotlights his work as a member of 858 Strings, the string section he shares with ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2019

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by John Kelman

Well, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome continues to be a challenge, as it has been since mid-2014. 2019 represents, in fact, the worst year when it comes to the actual number of articles written. Still, I've been finding an increasingly satisfying niche in the arena of in-depth, detailed and extensive/exhaustive (exhausting, for you as much as I!!) articles. ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The music keeps moving forward, evolving to higher levels. My search for the best jazz recordings of 2019 led me to these outstanding CDs. These are presented in the order in which I discovered them. Iro Haarla, Ulf Krokfors & Barry Altschul Around Again Tum Records Finnish pianist Iro Haarla ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sam Gill's Coursed Waters: Many Altered Returns

Read "Many Altered Returns" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Sam Gill is an alto saxophonist from Sydney, Australia who on this release with his quartet, Coursed Waters, plows a similar musical furrow as Tim Berne. His group plays an interesting blend of involved written-music and free improvisation with an elastic sense of volume and tempo. The CD's opening track, “Nodap," starts with a ...


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