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Berne, Tim / Snakeoil
Album:Snakeoil Collection:Jazz
Artist:Berne, Tim Added:Feb 2012
Label:Ecm Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2012-03-02 Pull Date:2012-05-05 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:May 6Apr 29Apr 22Apr 15Apr 8Apr 1Mar 25Mar 11

 Recent Airplay
1.May 04, 2012:No Cover, No Minimum
4.Apr 21, 2012:The Mongrel's Stoop
Spectacle, Simple City
2.Apr 28, 2012:The Mongrel's Stoop
Not Sure
5.Apr 19, 2012:Nathin' To Do
Not Sure
3.Apr 24, 2012:Rebop
Not Sure
6.Apr 10, 2012:Rebop
Simple City

Album Review
Reviewed 2012-02-26 
Between chamber jazz and free jazz; adventurous quartet suites with lots of that echoey ECM sound. Tracks move through multiple modds but tend to include both rainy-day spareness and bustling avant-jazz composing. 2 and 5 grab the ears most immediately; 3 takes a little patience but is totally worth it.

Ches Smith of Good For Cows is the drummer!
Tim Berne - sax
Oscar Noriega - clarinet
Matt Mitchell - piano

1- Studious quietude, with a stormy composed part in the middle. Ends with slow dramatic surges. Good place to start if you're a fan of ECM in general.
2- Faster stuff: perky and bouncy. Great intro to that choppy, herky-jerky Berne composing style.
3- 1st half quiet: Slow, foreboding entry, into a warm but spare clarinet solo and an inviting, mellow sax/piano part. 2nd half: midtempo but strongly driven. Sometimes delicate, sometimes stormy. Finishes big.
4- Gentle but not slow, a warm mood. Starts with a mid/fast criss-cross theme. Excellent clarinet solo, between classical and avant-jazz, then a nicely warm but exploratory sax solo.
5- Bustling, a busy intro. Gets quiet early on, but it's rather busy throughout and gets downright burly. Winds up neatly.
6- Calm mid/fast, even playful -- it's restrained and relaxing but keeps things moving. And then it builds up to a big sound for the finish.

Track Listing
1.Simple City 4.Yield
2.Scanners 5.Not Sure
3.Spare Parts 6.Spectacle