Tim Berne

Tim Berne



Tim Berne (born 1954) is an American jazz saxophonist and composer.

Described by critic Thom Jurek as commanding "considerable power as a composer and ... frighteningly deft ability as a soloist",[1] Berne has composed and performed prolifically since the 1980s. His mainstream success has been limited – Berne recorded two albums for Columbia Records – but he has released a significant body of work over the decades spanning dozens of critically acclaimed recordings.[2]



Incidentals is an album by American composer and saxophonist Tim Berne's band Snakeoil which was released on the ECM label in 2017.
You've Been Watching Me
You've Been Watching Me is an album by the American composer and saxophonist Tim Berne's Snakoil which was released on the ECM label in 2015.
Snakeoil is an album by the American composer and saxophonist Tim Berne released on the ECM label in 2012.
The Shell Game
The Shell Game is an album by saxophonist Tim Berne with Craig Taborn and Tom Rainey which was recorded in 2000 in Denmark and Sweden and released on the Thirsty Ear label.

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The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, February 2018
  –  February 2, 2018
The Dunsmore Room hosts two nights with the Dave King Trio in a new configuration– Dave is joined by bassist Billy Peterson and new pianist, Matt Mitchell, who was most recently in town with Tim Berne two years ago. Monday, February 19. A living legend ...
Piano Madness: Kris Davis and Craig Taborn in Freewheeling Dialogue
  –  February 1, 2018
and Tim Berne. He’s now part of the esteemed ECM crew and his 2017 release, Daylight Ghosts, was cited by many critics, including this one, as one of last year’s best. Davis and Taborn felt there was more to say. So in the fall of that year ...
Seven things to do in the Lower Mainland, Jan. 26-Feb. 1: MGB, Bakwaas, The Last Great Buddha+, and more
  –  January 23, 2018
Case in point is this trio with celebrated pianist Matt Mitchell, who performs with such aces as Tim Berne and Quinsin Nachoff, and drummer Jim Black, who is a fantastic one person rhythm section in a number of bands. Add in Grdina’s always tasty ...
The Century City Playhouse Birthed a Golden Age of Jazz
  –  January 5, 2018
Tim Berne, Evan Parker and Sonny Simmons; pianist Burton Greene; guitarists Michael Gregory Jackson, Eugene Chadbourne, Derek Bailey and Henry Kaiser; bassists Fred Hopkins, Charlie Haden and John Lindberg; drummers Oliver Johnson and Steve McCall ...
Tim Berne's Snakeoil At Firehouse 12
  –  November 25, 2017
Composer and saxophonist Tim Berne has been working with his Snakeoil ensemble since 2012. The group, originally a quartet, expanded now to a quintet, can toggle between brooding atmospherics and complex counterpoint, with music that surges and spills ...
Quietly successful: Meet the man behind ECM Records
  –  November 21, 2017
to the soundscapes and freer edges of jazz in an American pairing of saxophonist Tim Berne and guitarist David Torn, and Berlin-based Cyminology, a quartet that combines Persian singing and poetry with modern composition and the rhythms of jazz and Indian ...


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