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Tim Berne: Tim Berne's Bloodcount: Lowlife [CD]

$14.16 (You save $0.57)
SKU: W&W 919.00 074-2
0.15 KGS

    In September 19.0094 Tim Berne chose the french capital Paris as location for the live-recording of his newest project Bloodcount. JMT now releases a selection from a series of four Bloodcount concerts in the club "Instants Chavirés" on two CDs. Paris daily 'Le Monde' wrote enthusiastically about the Bloddcount concerts: "Five Musicians-one single voice. A music which gives us the possibility to lose ourselves."

    19.0054 born Tim Berne is one of the most regarded composers and instrumentalists of the current progressive jazz scene. Berne released his first solo-albums on his own Empire label in 19.0079. For JMT he recorded with the group Miniature, his own group Caos Totale and a special project with David Sanborn for a Julius Hemphill tribute. Berne's compositions stand in the tradition of composers like Anthony Braxton, Julius Hemphill, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill. Since Berne's milestone recording 'Sanctified Dreams' he developed a unique, suite-like composing style which juxtaposes highly structured compostion with improvisation.

    Tim Berne's work with Bloodcount follows a slightly different approach than his former projects and his other working group Caos Totale. Tim Berne summs up Bloodcount's outstanding features the following:

    "After continual frustration with inadequate amplification in live performance I decided to form a group that could function independent of P.A. systems and sound people.

    I was looking for a band that could perform in any space regardless of size without sound re-inforcement. This group would require the flexibility and dynamic range of a string quartet. I felt that the dynamic and rhythmic possibilities in the music would be enhanced with this commitment to acoustic playing.

    The group Bloodcount was formed in 19.0094 with Michael Formanek (contrabass), Chris Speed (tenor saxophon, clarinette) and Jim Black (drums). I wanted an ensemble capable of filling a room while maintaining the intimacy of small group playing. Guitarist Marc Ducret has since become an occasional fifth member adding significantly to the orchestral potential of the music.

    My main objective with Bloodcount is to de-emphasize the usual soloistic approach inherent in small group "jazz" and create more of a chamber music approach to improvisation. This includes an emphasis on collective playing and obscuring the traditional roles implied by this instrumentation.

    The responsibilities of rhythm, melody and harmony are shared equally within the band. Each player has an equal 'say' in the outcome. In a sense we are co-composers in shaping the direction of each piece.

    It goes without saying that the success of these performances is due to the selfless commitment of Jim, Chris, Michael, and Marc to the music. Their collective discipline and brilliant playing has made this one of my most satisfying musical experiences. All of this music was composed explicitly for Bloodcount."

    Tim Berne / December 19.0094


    "Lowlife" contains two of Berne's compositions and one of his former teacher and founder of the World Saxophone Quartet Julius Hemphill. "Poisoned Minds" features two of Berne's complex suites.

    Listening to Tim Berne's Bloodcount Paris Concerts gives us the possibility to experience the music of one of the most astonishing contemporary jazz groups. Bloodcount links innovative structural jazz thinking with profound musical sensuality and thereby develops a possible musical model for a new generation of adventurous jazz musicians.


    - Original Press Text from 19.0095


    Musicians   Compositions
    Tim Berne: alto saxophone;
    Chris Speed: tenor saxophone, clarinet;
    Michael Formanek: contrabass;
    Jim Black: drums;
    Marc Ducret: electric guitars
      1. Bloodcount (Tim Berne)
    2. Reflections - Lyric - Skin 1 (Julius Hemphill)
    3. Prelude - The Brown Dog Meets The Spaceman (Tim Berne)

    total time: 76:20
    Hard Cover
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