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Tim Berne's Snakeoil: The Deceptive 4—Live

Read "The Deceptive 4—Live" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Alto saxophonist Tim Berne has given his various ensembles some cool names over the years. There was Big Satan, Bloodcount, Science Friction, Hard Cell. Then, in 2012, on his first recording for ECM Records, he introduced his group (and the album) Snakeoil. The band has become, since then, his main--though certainly not his only--means of artistic ...

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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: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il Meglio del 2017 Secondo Luca Vitali

Read "Il Meglio del 2017 Secondo Luca Vitali" reviewed by Luca Vitali

Un'annata buona, caratterizzata da alcuni graditi ritorni fuori dai canonici confini del jazz: Arto Lindsay, a tredici anni dal precedente «Salt», Jon Balke, con il secondo capitolo dedicato alla musica arabo andalusa di «Siwan», e in ultimo (ma non per importanza) John Lurie, che dopo diciassette anni di oblio forzato è tornato a farci visita nei ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

No genre breakdown this year. I've included every release that I rated at 4.5 stars or better, plus a number of 4 star reviews (that was the hard part, as there were lots of those). ECM had an exceptionally strong year, and I had trouble limiting my selection even this much. This is a chronological list, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tim Berne's Snakeoil: Incidentals

Read "Incidentals" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Tim Berne's Snakeoil band makes its fourth ECM appearance on Incidentals. The core group of saxophonist Berne, clarinetist Oscar Noriega, pianist Matt Mitchell and percussionist Ches Smith was augmented by guitarist Ryan Ferreira, as it had been on the previous album You've Been Watching Me (ECM, 2015). Producer David Torn also made two brief appearances on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tim Berne's Snakeoil: Incidentals

Read "Incidentals" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Of the formal Tim Berne groups dating back to his 1990s Caos Totale, only his Bloodcount formation has a larger output than Snakeoil. From its 2012 self-titled ECM debut, four of its five releases have been on the ECM label, with only the limited edition Spare (2015) appearing on Berne's Screwgun imprint. Incidentals continues Berne's experimentation ...

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Tim Berne's Snakeoil: You've Been Watching Me

Read "You've Been Watching Me" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Snakeoil di Tim Berne è sicuramente formazione che farebbe fare l'en plein in un “Blindfold test," procedura ideata dal critico musicale Leonard Feather attraverso la quale il musicista in questione viene sottoposto all'ascolto di un disco, con lo scopo di individuarne il titolare ed esprimere una valutazione. Troppo riconoscibile l'impianto sonoro, troppo solide le coordinate stilistiche ...

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Tim Berne's Snakeoil: You’ve Been Watching Me

Read "You’ve Been Watching Me" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the course of his long and prolific career, alto saxophonist/composer Tim Berne has been more of a musical agitator than a mediator. While that's a positive characteristic of Berne's creative process, it is also a demanding one for all concerned. Berne's tenure with ECM, however, has been marked by a more pronounced move toward balancing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tim Berne's Snakeoil: You've Been Watching Me

Read "You've Been Watching Me" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The music of saxophonist Tim Berne has invariably raised the question: where have you been? His early self-released sessions (collected in the Empire Box (Screwgun, 1999)) from the late-1970s and early 80s gave no quarter to the neo-conservative jazz movement. Signed by Columbia Records (what were they thinking?) he forged ahead with his incendiary vision, only ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tim Berne's Snakeoil: Shadow Man

Read "Shadow Man" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Alto saxophonist Tim Berne's Snakeoil is a group that bonds asymmetrical contours into the big picture, where many progressive jazz aficionados often expect the unexpected from this artist who radiates an antithesis to conventional norms. More of the gradual ascensions, tricky time signatures, fractured flows and odd-metered unison choruses come into play on Shadow Man. Berne's ...


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