TIM BERNE — Electric and Acoustic Hard Cell Live

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Live album · 2004

Tracklist

1.Van Gundy's Retreat (7:36)
2.Huevos (10:12)
3.Traction (11:28)
4.Manatee Woman (16:00)

Line-up/Musicians

Tim Berne: Alto sax
Craig Taborn: Electric keyboards and electronics 2 and 4 and acoustic piano on 1 and 3
Tom Rainey : drums

About this release

Screwgun 70014 (US)

Tracks 1 & 3 recorded on location in front of a studio audience at the Iced Membrane in Brooklyn, 2004, by an ordinary person in an orderly manner.
Tracks 2 & 4 recorded at the Firefly Club, Ann Arbor as part of the Edgefest festival.

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snobb
Six years ago sax player Tim Berne started recording for German ECM label and his music received much wider distribution (and some additional glance working with most prestigious jazz label ever). He already had a chance to be contracted by major label in States in mid-late 80s, but few albums released didn't satisfy Columbia people,so Tim returned back on half-underground scenes in New York, having cult following from fans of "New York new avant-gard jazz", whatever it was.

For those knowing Berne from most current ECM works he most probably associates with well-composed modern complex jazz, perfectly played but a bit too chamber (or not enough raw - you chose). Then a journey to Berne's 90s and 00s recordings (mostly on tiny labels or his own Screwgun) can offer plenty of pleasant surprises. "Electric And Acoustic Hard Cell Live" is a good example and there are some more with no doubt.

Hard Cell was a short-living super-trio of sort uniting Tim Berne with his regular keyboardist Craig Taborn and Californian drummer Tom Rainey. Just two albums have been recorded, both live (both released on Berne's own Screwgun label). Four tracks (lasting between 7 and 16 minutes each) are raw, muscular tuneful and surprisingly post-bop influenced. Recorded during two different gigs, material presented is of quite good sound quality and contains lot of audience emotional evidences, all for good.

Two track looks like just audience recording,but as on some better bootlegs this fact even adds more blood and adrenaline into music and common atmosphere. No even traces of Berne's later chamber sobriety can be found here and Craig's used electronics only adds effect of modernity. Being energetic, music here sounds far from some noisy free jazz chaos cliche's, is melodic and combines improvisations with well composed material.

One of Berne's better recordings which can be recommended for his more current fans - most probably you will find a lot of things you will like here.

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