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Tim Berne's Snakeoil: The Deceptive 4 - Live

Read "The Deceptive 4 - Live" reviewed by John Sharpe

With the sixth entry in their discography, alto saxophonist Tim Berne offers a progress report of sorts on his band Snakeoil. The Deceptive 4 Live collects together two cracking sets, one from a brace of appearances in NYC in 2009/2010 before Berne had even settled on the group name, and the other a latter-day outing from ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Here we are on the heels of Annus Horriblis still clinging to traditions both minuscule and grand like year end best of lists. So in the spirit of the season and survival, here's a 2020 playlist. Listen to these in this order or random play and perhaps the year in retrospect won't appear so damn bad. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...


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