Saxophonist Tim Berne in his 3rd ECM album, leading his NY band Snakeoil, now a quintet with guitarist Ryan Ferreira joining pianist Matt Mitchell, clarinetist Oscar Noriega, and percussionist Ches Smith, for intricate, dynamic and sophisticated modern jazz.
Catalog ID: ECD 2443 4722298
Squidco Product Code: 20495
Packaging: Jewel Tray in wrap-around box
Recorded at "The Clubhouse" in Rhinebeck, New York, in December, 2014 by D. James Goodwin.
Tim Berne-alto saxophone, composer
Oscar Noriega-clarinet, bass clarinet
Ryan Ferreira-electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Matt Mitchell-piano, electronics
Ches Smith-drums, vibes, percussion, timpani
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1. Lost In Redding 6:59
2. Small World In A Small Town 18:26
3. Embraceable Me 14:13
4. Angles 2:26
5. You've Been Watching Me 1:47
6. Semi-Self Detached 10:24
7. False Impressions 13:22
sample the album:
"Tim Berne s third ECM album, You ve Been Watching Me, sees the saxophonist-composer again leading his ultra-dynamic New York band Snakeoil, but with the quartet now a quintet with the arrival of guitarist Ryan Ferreira, whose sound adds textural allure. The group s 2013 release, Shadow Man, garnered Berne some of the highest praise of his career as a composer and bandleader, with JazzTimes marveling over how his work grows wilder and deeper. The four-star DownBeat review said: This music rocks and thinks, explores, deconstructs and, yes, it swings, in its own identifiably angular, Berne-ian way. Just as Berne has hit a new peak with his writing on You ve Been Watching Me, his band has reached a heightened state of collective interaction, realizing the compositions to a tee. Snakeoil with the leader on alto sax alongside pianist Matt Mitchell, clarinetist Oscar Noriega, percussionist Ches Smith and Ferreira on electric and acoustic guitars can still be bracingly kinetic. But there is new space in these compositions and more lyrical focus to the improvisations, leading to a dramatic, even cinematic experience in such tracks as Embraceable Me. Put simply, Berne s music has never been richer or more arresting."