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Tim Berne

Saxophonist Tim Berne joins Alyn Shipton to select the highlights of his recording career, which include his own projects as well as work with Paul Motian and Bill Frisell.

Saxophonist Tim Berne has been one of the most inventive saxophonists in contemporary jazz since the 1970s. At the time of his 2008 Cheltenham Jazz Festival appearance, he joined Alyn Shipton to select the highlights from his extensive catalogue of recordings, including work by his bands Miniature, Bloodcount, Big Satan, and Caos Totale. He also looks at his creative partnerships on disc with such other jazz stars as Bill Frisell, Paul Motian and David Sanborn.

Angry, jagged, startling, chaotic, calm, beautiful: all these adjectives can spring to mind during a single Tim Berne performance. Initially inspired by the openness of Chicagoan AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) players, and by his teacher Julius Hemphill, Berne has forged an individual path through contemporary jazz. His current band Science Friction was one of the highlights of the 2008 Cheltenham Jazz Festival (where it played on the 10th birthday party for Jazz on 3) and after its concert he met Alyn Shipton to select highlights of his recorded catalogue. Alyn has known Berne since they worked together on a broadcast of Hemphill's music in the early 1990s, so he is particularly familiar with Tim's bands. Consequently this is a joint exploration of one of the most unorthodox and challenging collections of recordings so far featured on the programme.

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Sun 18 Apr 2010 00:00

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  • Tim Berne

    NYC Rites

    Composer: Berne Performer: John Carter, clt; Vinny Golia, bar, as, pic ; Tim Berne, as; Glenn Ferris, tb; Roberto Miranda, b; Alex Cline, perc. Los Angeles, 25 April 1979. [From Empire box set]

    • Five Year Plan.
    • Screwgun.
    • 70009 CD 1.
  • Tim Berne

    Sirius B

    Composer: Berne Performer: Herb Robertson, t; Ray Anderson, tu, tb; Tim Berne, as; Mack Goldsbury, ts, aa; Ed Schuller, b; Paul Motian, d. 19 Feb, 1983, NYC

    • The Ancestors.
    • Soul Note.
    • 121061.
  • Tim Berne

    Federico

    Composer: Berne Performer: Tim Berne, as; Bill Frisell, g, Hank Roberts, cello; Alex Cline, perc. NY 1986

    • Fulton Street Maul.
    • Columbia.
    • CK 40530.
  • Tim Berne

    Zilla

    Composer: Berne Performer: Joey Baron, d, membranophone, shacktronics; Hank Roberts, cello, jazz-a-phone, voice, elephant balls; Tim Berne, as, bar, reverse vibes. rec 1991.

    • Miniature: I Can;t Put My Finger On It.
    • jmt (Winter and Winter).
    • 919045-2.
  • Tim Berne

    Now Then

    Composer: Berne Performer: Herb Robertson, t; Tim Berne, as; Mark Feldman, vn; Hank Roberts, cello; Mark Dresser, b; Joey Baron, d. Rec: June 1989.

    • Fractured Fairy Tales.
    • jmt (Winter and Winter).
    • 919030-2.
  • Tim Berne

    The Noose

    Composer: Berne Performer: Tim Berne, as; Herb Robertson, t; Steve Swell, tb; Marc Ducret, g; Mark Dresser, b; Bobby Previte, d. Rec 1990.

    • Caos Totale: Pace Yourself.
    • JMT (Winter and Winter).
    • 919040-2.
  • Tim Berne

    Rites

    Composer: Julius Hemphill Performer: Tim Berne, as; David Sanborn, as; Marc Ducret, g; Herb Roberts, cello; Joey Baron, d. NY Sept 1992

    • Diminutive Mysteries (Mostly Hemphill).
    • JMT (Winter and Winter).
    • 919 060-2.
  • Tim Berne

    Loose Ends

    Composer: Berne Performer: Tim Berne, bar; Chris Speed, ts; Michael Formanek, b; Jim Black, d. NY 1996.

    • Bloddcount Unwound.
    • Screwgun.
    • 70001 CD 2 An Average Daze;.
  • Tim Berne

    Poetic License

    Composer: Rainey Performer: Tim Berne, as, bar; Drew Gress, b; Tom Rainey, d. Berlin 1996

    • Paraphrase, Visitation Rites.
    • Screwgun.
    • 70002.
  • Tim Berne

    Scrap Metal

    Composer: Berne Performer: Tim Berne, as; Marc Ducret g; Tom Rainey, d. Paris, Feb 1996.

    • Big Satan.
    • Winter and Winter.
    • 910 005-2.
  • Tim Berne

    track One

    Composer: Berne Performer: Tim Berne as; Craig Taborn, kb; Tom Rainey, d. 2001

    • Hard Cell : The Shell Game.
    • Thirsty Ear.
  • Tim Berne

    I Do It

    Composer: Berne Performer: Tim Berne as; Craig Taborn, kb; Tom Rainey, d. 2005

    • Acoustic Hard Cell - Feign.
    • Screwgun.
    • 700015.
  • Tim Berne

    Huevos

    Composer: Berne Performer: Tim Berne, as; Marc Ducret, g; Craig Taborn, kb; Tom Rainey d. Dec 2001

    • Science Friction: Mind over Friction Collection.
    • Screwgun.
    • 018 CD 1.
  • Tim Berne

    Scrap Metal

    Composer: Berne Performer: Tim Berne, bar; Chris Cheek, ts; Michael Formanek, b; Jim Black, d. Paris 1994.

    • Bloodcount / Seconds.
    • Screwgun.
    • 700019.

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