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Berne, Tim / Matt Mitchell: One More, Please (Intakt)

Leveraging more than a decade of collaboration, New York saxophonist Tim Berne and pianist Matt Mitchell present an intimate live concert in Montreal at Club Soda, performing mostly Berne compositions and one by Julius Hemphill ("Number 2") in a thoughtful and innately lyrical set of seemingly telepathic dialogs interpreting Berne's intricate and innovative works.
 

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Includes a 12 page color booklet with text by Django Bates, photographs and discographical information.

UPC: 7640120193959

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: ITK395.2
Squidco Product Code: 32732

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded live at Club Soda, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on October 4th, 2021, by The Sorcerer.


Personnel:

Tim Berne-alto saxophone

Matt Mitchell-piano

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"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", 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.

Though Berne was a music fan, he had no interest in playing a musical instrument until he was in college, when he purchased an alto saxophone. He was more interested in rhythm and blues music Stax records releases and Aretha Franklin, especially until he heard Julius Hemphill's 1972 recording Dogon A.D.

Hemphill was known for his integration of soul music and funk with free jazz. Berne moved to New York City in 1974. There Berne took lessons from Hemphill, and later recorded with him.

In 1979, Berne founded Empire Records to release his own recordings. He recorded Fulton Street Maul and Sanctified Dreams for Columbia Records, which generated some discussion and controversy, due in part to the fact that Berne's music had little in common with the neo-tradionalist hard bop performers prominent in the mid-1980s. Some regarded Berne's music as uncommercial. In the late 1990s Berne founded Screwgun Records, which has released his own recordings, as well as others' music.

Beyond his recordings as a bandleader, Berne has recorded and/or performed with guitarist Bill Frisell, avant-garde composer/sax player John Zorn, violinist Mat Maneri, guitarist David Torn, cellist Hank Roberts, trumpet player Herb Robertson, the ARTE Quartett and as a member of the cooperative trio Miniature.

Recent years have found Berne performing in several different groups with drummers Tom Rainey and Gerald Cleaver, keyboardist Craig Taborn, bassists Michael Formanek and Drew Gress, guitarists Marc Ducret and David Torn, and reeds player Chris Speed.

He is one-third of the group BBC (Berne/Black/Cline) along with drummer Jim Black and Nels Cline of Wilco. The group released a critically acclaimed album called The Veil in 2011.

Berne's complex, multi-section compositions are often quite lengthy; twenty- to thirty-minute pieces are not unusual. One critic wrote that Berne's long songs "don't grow tiresome. The musicians are brilliantly creative and experienced enough not to get lost in all the room provided by these large time frames." "

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berne)
1/25/2023

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"Matt Mitchell is a pianist and composer interested in the intersections of various strains of acoustic, electric, composed, and improvised new music. He currently composes for and leads several ensembles featuring many of the current foremost musicians and improvisers, including Tim Berne, Kim Cass, Caroline Davis, Kate Gentile, Ben Gerstein, Sylvaine Hélary, Jon Irabagon, Travis Laplante, Ava Mendoza, Miles Okazaki, Ches Smith, Chris Speed, Tyshawn Sorey, Chris Tordini, Anna Webber, Dan Weiss, and Katie Young.

He is an anchor member of several significant creative music ensembles which integrate composed and improvised music, including Tim Berne's Snakeoil, the Dave Douglas Quintet, John Hollenbeck's Large Ensemble, Rudresh Mahanthappa's Bird Calls, Jonathan Finlayson's Sicilian Defense, Dan Weiss's Large Ensemble, Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse, the Darius Jones Quartet, Kate Gentile's Mannequins, Mario Pavone's Blue Dialect Trio, Anna Webber's Simple Trio, Ches Smith's We All Break, Michael Attias' Spun Tree, Ohad Talmor's Grand Ensemble, and Quinsin Nachoff's Flux. He is also among the core performers of John Zorn's Bagatelles.

Musicians with whom he performs and has performed include Jon Irabagon, Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth, John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet + 1, JD Allen, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green's Apex, Rez Abbasi's Invocation, Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Ralph Alessi's Baida Quartet, Dave King's Indelicate duo, Amir ElSaffar, Marc Ducret, David Torn, Vernon Reid, Clarence Penn and Penn Station, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston, Allison Miller, Donny McCaslin, Brad Shepik, and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society.

He has taught extensively with the Brooklyn-based School for Improvisational Music, as well as at the New School, NYU, and the Siena Jazz Workshop. He is also a 2015 receipient of a Doris Duke Impact Award and a 2012 recipient of a Pew Fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage."

-Matt Mitchell Website (http://www.mattmitchell.us/bio/)
1/25/2023

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track listing:


1. Purdy 05:16

2. Number 2 08:26

3. Rose-colored Missive 07:53

4. Oddly Enough/Squidz 06:56

5. Middle Seat Blues/Chicken Salad Blues 08:07

6. Motian Sickness 03:30

7. Rolled Oats/Curls 11:54
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Tim Berne, pioneer of New York's legendary "downtown scene", and his long-time duo partner Matt Mitchell on piano release the album One More, Please - an impressive and refreshing example of the art of improvisation. The two virtuoso instrumentalists have worked together for more than ten years - including in Berne's acclaimed band Snakeoil - and over this time have developed a distinctive language and musical depth in a dynamic musical relationship. Six of the seven tracks on One More, Please are written by Berne, with all of them opening doors to endless interpretation and development. "With this duo, there's always a further possibility and always the courage to take it on and see it through," writes Django Bates in the liner notes, and adds: "The deconstructions, reconstructions, explorations and extrapolations of great improvisors reconfigure our brains and fine-tune our ears, as you will discover here with One More, Please."-Intakt



"The outside jazz music of Tim Berne sits so far apart from everyone else that listening to his music gives listeners no choice but to abandon all preconceptions and accept it, as Django Bates writes, "with open eyes, ears, mind and heart."

In pianist Matt Mitchell, Berne has found a savant pianist who can channel his alien music through eighty-eight keys, the perfect partner who alternately illuminate ideas and offer up counter perspectives of the same music that bolster the ideas. Maybe this is why Berne and Mitchell are poised to offer their fourth album together since 2018.

One More, Please continues the piano/sax conversation that grew out of Berne's celebrated Snakeoil quartet of the 2010s, determinedly so given all the other projects each have going on apart from each other. It's another capture of a club date, but honed by many club gigs preceding it lending to the heavily instinctual and tightly interlocking feel of these recordings.

Like Gregg Belisle-Chi so brilliantly does, Mitchell is able to exploit the full chordal capabilities of his instrument to tell a fuller story of Berne's pieces. On "Purdy," he adorns it with a sense of delicacy and beguilement, all the while being so dialed in to Berne's own articulation. Compare it to the earlier version they recorded for their 2020 tête-à-tête Spiders and it becomes apparent that the two treat Berne's compositions as living, evolving organisms, and each time they play the same song they freely adapt it to their instincts and whimsy.

Making each performance of a song as unique as a snowflake is ingrained into the duo, even apart from Berne's songs. For Julius Hemphill's "Number 2," Mitchell distributes his chords as precious commodities, making each utterance from the piano more impactful. Berne gently ushers himself in and mixes in beauty with despair, becoming more passionate as Mitchell matches the mood.

"Oddly Enough: Squidz" is Snakeoil reduced down to its essential elements and as much as this sounds like ultra-typical Berne, Gordon Grdina actually had the first crack at it. Hearing Berne taking his song back makes one realize how well Grdina "gets" the composer, but and also how Berne's songs are so adaptable to such contrasting platforms.

Mitchell is focused on serving the melody of "Middle Seat Blues: Chicken Salad Blues," and when Berne enjoins him, it does indeed sounds almost like the blues. "Motian Sickness" finds Mitchell playing increasingly strident as Berne remains circumspect.

Being the longest piece, "Rolled Oats: Curls" is also the most episodic. Going through peaks and valleys, the two minds operate as one through it all despite the complexity. Near the end, Berne opens up a can of squawk but circles back to Mitchell's piano to conclude the performance harmoniously.

For "Rose-Colored Missive," Berne introduces the song on his own, handing off the baton to Mitchell who presents his own read on the melody. It's striking how in his hands - utilizing long, flowing chords - it takes on an entirely different contour. When the two combine, the diverging approaches fit together like hand in glove in perfect symmetry.

Tim Berne saw something in Matt Mitchell long ago that others are now just beginning to notice, but their partnership brings too many rewards artistically to not keep it going. As One More, Please makes evident, they can do this for a long time because their collaboration never moves beyond the discovery phase."-S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews


Includes a 12 page color booklet with text by Django Bates, photographs and discographical information.

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