Extra Dose of Tim Berne

Cornelia Street Cafe has started podcasting some of the great music acts they’ve hosted. And in installment #3, posted in February, you can hear a roughly 16-minute excerpt from Los Totopos, Tim Berne’s recent quartet.

The piece they’ve excerpted shows the usual Berne trademarks — in fact, the structure is reminiscent of old Bloodcount stuff, with composed group segments separated by some wide-open improvisation. Familiar territory, yet new: a spritely composition, agile piano from Mitch Mitchell, and Oscar Noriega mixing it up with Berne on sax. Nice drum work from Ches Smith, and I’m not just saying that as a way to get his name mentioned; check out the cool tuned percussion he adds near the end.

It’s another nice tidbit for those of us awaiting the eventual Los Totopos album, possibly arriving in 2012.

Elsewhere on there, you can find a nice snippet from the Tom Rainey Trio, with some dense, quiet playing by Mary Halvorson and Ingrid Laubrock.

3 thoughts on “Extra Dose of Tim Berne

  1. I guess this is kinda cool, I am the 53rd person to click through from somewhere not necessarily all from your page to the Cornelia Cafe page and I listened to about a minute of the music, BUT, here it is 9:45 a.m. and I was just going to peek at my email and then get out of the house and start my day but these computers are so scarily engaging — what I mean is, wouldn’t we all be better off supporting local live music at tiny starving clubs like Ivy and Dana Street and who knows where rather than sitting even more hours in front of these stupid light-boxes? I don’t need more reasons to sit in front of computer…Tim Berne or no Tim Berne, but thanks for the link! (I admit I am conflicted…)

  2. Mark — Yeah, I sympathize. “Wouldn’t we all be better off supporting local live music at tiny starving clubs like Ivy and Dana Street…rather than sitting even more hours in front of these stupid light-boxes?” Absolutely, yes.

    The tradeoff is that we now have access to music we’d never hear otherwise. Los Totopos snippets have been available on Berne’s site, on YouTube, and now at the Cornelia Street site. The economics of bringing out-of-town acts to California are prohibitive, and not just because we’re all at home looking at computers; it has to do with arts funding, fuel costs, the decline in radio quality, and a general public disinterest in the arts (which IMHO you can blame on TV and slashed education budgets). Being able to reach across the continent — or even across the pond to Europe — to hear some of this music… it’s well worth it to me.

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