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Tuesday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m.

Tim Berne's Snakeoil

$15 general admission, $12 students/seniors, $10 members

Tim Berne (alto saxophone)
Oscar Noriega (clarinet and bass clarinet)
Matt Mitchell (piano)
Ches Smith (drums, percussion)

Now on his third release for the ECM label, Tim Berne’s Snakeoil remains a fascinating ensemble, a “chamber-like group” in Berne’s words, albeit one that packs some power. Tim’s tough alto is heard with Oscar Noriega’s earthy clarinets, Matt Mitchell’s cryptic piano, and Ches Smith’s tone-conscious drums, vibraphone, gongs and congas. Berne: “I'd decided on this very transparent instrumentation to try and avoid obvious stylistic references and to focus the listener on the musical ideas being presented.” Two years of wood-shedding preceded the recording of “Snakeoil” at New York’s Avatar Studios early in 2011, and the band was ready to roar.

player.ecmrecords.com/tim-berne-snakeoil


Tim Berne was recently ranked in the Top 10 of Time Out New York’s “Essential NYC Jazz Icons”, an honour he will likely take with a pinch of salt, but also a reminder of the persistence of his endeavours: “Based on the recorded evidence, it may very well have been Tim Berne who was the definitive genius of NYC’s downtown 1980s jazz scene,” Time Out opined. “In the intervening years, he has remained committed to exploring the small group jazz idiom with a series of gritty, head-turning bands that have helped propel younger players such as Jim Black, Craig Taborn and Ches Smith into alt-jazz stardom” ... continue reading >>

 
 
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