Alto and baritone saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and label boss Tim Berne has a strong and singular musical personality, one that links each of his diverse, frequently absorbing works, almost always juxtaposing meticulously noted arrangements with free improvisation. A fan of R&B and Motown, he wasn't particularly interested in jazz until he heard saxophonist Julius Hemphill's album Dogon A.D. Immediately inspired by Hemphill's ability to project R&B soulfulness in a creative jazz context, Berne traveled to New York City and located the saxophonist, whom he took saxophone lessons from. Berne's two recordings for Columbia in the '80s included the cult classic Fulton Street Maul. From 1988 to 1995, he delivered nine albums for Stefan Winter's JMT label, including two Live in Paris volumes from his avant-fusion band Bloodcount. Berne ...
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