88

Paraphrase: Pre-Emptive Denial

Sean Patrick Fitzell By

Sign in to view read count
Paraphrase: Pre-Emptive Denial 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 record. Primed from performing Gress' complex compositions over a short run preceding this gig at The Stone, the musicians were eager for liberation. Lacking a probing preamble, "Trading on All Fours opens at a gallop, Berne's ideas rapidly pealing to match Gress and Rainey's aggressive rhythms. The swirling bluster continues until about the fourteen-minute mark, when Rainey drops out after a brief decrescendo, with Gress and Berne tempering their tones in response, a transition so elegant it sounds premeditated.

Providing immediate contrast, "We Bow to Royalties opens atmospherically, Rainey using mallets for resonance while Gress' slow arco and Berne's whispered phrases add mystery. The intensity builds from a short drum solo and Berne's re-entrance, reaching a peak at about twelve minutes, when Rainey drops a snare crack and Gress instantly shifts into a funkier groove that the two churn for Berne's next flight.

Accomplished composers as well as improvisers, the members of the trio imbue the music with the contrast and tension that have become hallmarks of Berne and Gress' compositions. The dynamic ebbs and flows provide a narrative arc and sense of drama. Throughout the two improvisations, the saxophonist proffers infectious melodic snippets that could easily be expanded into larger statements. But given this trio's nature, those phrases existed only for that moment.

Visit Tim Berne on the web.

Track Listing: Trading on All Fours; We Bow to Royalties.

Personnel: Tim Berne: alto saxophone; Drew Gress: bass; Tom Rainey: drums.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Screwgun Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Nightfall CD/LP/Track Review Nightfall
by John Kelman
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Pekka CD/LP/Track Review Pekka
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 22, 2017
Read In the Still of the Night CD/LP/Track Review In the Still of the Night
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Zea CD/LP/Track Review Zea
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Asian Fields Variations CD/LP/Track Review Asian Fields Variations
by John Kelman
Published: May 21, 2017
Read Left Right Left CD/LP/Track Review Left Right Left
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 21, 2017
Read "Aziza" CD/LP/Track Review Aziza
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 19, 2016
Read "Live At The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival" CD/LP/Track Review Live At The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
by Roger Farbey
Published: December 23, 2016
Read "Lowdown Hoedown" CD/LP/Track Review Lowdown Hoedown
by Paul Rauch
Published: January 18, 2017
Read "Allied Forces" CD/LP/Track Review Allied Forces
by David A. Orthmann
Published: November 13, 2016
Read "Is It Me...?" CD/LP/Track Review Is It Me...?
by Edward Blanco
Published: April 25, 2017
Read "My Iris" CD/LP/Track Review My Iris
by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton
Published: February 18, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, and provide read access to our future articles.