Tim Berne

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Tim Berne, Jim Black and Nels Cline (BBC)

An innovative avant-garde improviser, altoist and baritonist Tim Berne has always gone his own way. Born in Syracuse, New York in 1954, Berne did not play music at all until he was already attending Lewis and Clark College, buying an alto on impulse that he saw on sale. He was mostly interested in R&B and the recordings of the Stax label until he heard Julius Hemphill’s Dogon A.D. album, which changed his way of thinking. Berne taught himself the basics, moved to New York in 1974 and searched for Hemphill, who became his mentor. By 1979, Berne was recording and releasing his own albums on his Empire label. He had his own sound and a very explorative style from the start. Berne recorded four albums for Empire, two for Soul Note and two albums for Columbia.

During 1989-95 he recorded in a variety of settings for JMT, being quite prolific. When JMT was purchased by PolyGram and put out of business in 1996 Berne started a new label, Screwgun, to document his music and that of some of the musicians who he admires. He has appeared as a sideman with Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Mat Maneri, Michael Formanek, David Torn and Herb Robertson. Berne has led quite a few overlapping groups through the years, with some of the most notable being Bloodcount, Caos Totale, Big Satan, Hard Cell, Science Friction, Paraphrase and Miniature. He has long been one of the most important members of the New York avant-garde, not only as a highly original musician but for his knowledge of the music business.

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Articles on Tim Berne

11/24/13    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Shadow Man
Tim Berne's Snakeoil

07/05/12    Features    By Shaun Brady

The Best of Tim Berne

07/04/12    Features    By Nate Chinen

Tim Berne: Snakeoil Salesman

03/19/12    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Snakeoil
Tim Berne

11/22/11    Albums    By Shaun Brady

Insomnia
Tim Berne

07/05/11    Albums    By Shaun Brady

Old and Unwise
Bruno Chevillon/Tim Berne

07/05/11    Albums    By Shaun Brady

BB&C (Berne, Black & Cline)

07/05/11    Albums    By Shaun Brady

BB&C (Berne, Black & Cline)

December 2010    Albums    By Josef Woodard

The Rub and Spare Change
Michael Formanek

06/20/08    Concerts    By Andrew Gilbert

23rd Annual TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival

02/15/08    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Portland Jazz Festival

11/07/06    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Earshot Jazz Festival 2006

January/February 2006    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

The Year in Gigs

March 2004    Albums    By Mike Shanley

The Sublime And
Tim Berne Science Friction Band

December 2002    Albums    By Aaron Steinberg

Science Friction
Tim Berne

January/February 2002    Albums    By Daniel Piotrowski

The Shell Game
Tim Berne

12/08/01    Concerts    By Nate Chinen

Tim Berne Quartet & Sextet at the Knitting Factory

07/02/01    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Dave Douglas Live in Vancouver

November 1999    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Cause and Reflect
Tim Berne/Hank Roberts

November 1999    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Cause and Reflect
Tim Berne/Hank Roberts

June 1999    Label Watch    By Josef Woodard

Label Watch: Winter & Winter

November 1998    Albums    By Harvey Pekar

Ornery People
Tim Berne and Michael Formanek

April 1998    Albums    By Bret Primack

Visitation Rights
Paraphrase

April 1998    Albums    By Bret Primack

Discretion
Bloodcount

October 1997    Albums    By Bill Shoemaker

Unwound
Tim Berne's Bloodcount

May 1997    Albums    By Josef Woodard

Memory Select- The Paris Concert
Tim Berne

Albums

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Ornery People

Little Brother

Memory Select- The Paris Concert

JMT
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Unwound

Screwgun
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Sanctified Dreams

Koch International
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Cause and Reflect

Level Green Recording Company
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The Shell Game

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Open, Coma

Screwgun
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The Sevens

New World Music
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Science Friction

Screwgun
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The Sublime And

Memory Select - The Paris Concert III

Winter & Winter
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Visitation Rights

Screwgun
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Discretion

Screwgun
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The Veil

Cryptogramophone

Old and Unwise

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