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Album Review

Definitely not part of the new traditional scene, alto saxophonist Tim Berne keeps moving forward. This '83 quartet set of all originals is reminiscent at times of mid-'50s Ornette Coleman, notably due to Herb Robertson's pocket trumpet solos and the dynamics generated by Berne and Robertson's interaction with bassist Ed Schuller and percussionist Paul Motian.


Born: 16 October 1954 in Syracuse, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Since he moved to New York City in the mid-'70s, alto and baritone saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Tim Berne has been an important member of that city's creative music community; he asserts a strong and singular musical personality throughout his diverse and frequently absorbing works. He has influenced other and often younger creative improvising musicians, and knew his way around the music business. The last attribute has been particularly useful to Berne at key moments in his career, as...
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