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Bruno Chevillon/Tim Berne: Old and Unwise

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Tim Berne’s prodigious discography is mostly stocked with collections of his monumentally scaled compositions, sprawling musical roadmaps for laborious treks through ever-changing landscapes. These two new releases, however, are both wholly improvised sessions, revealing that the scope of Berne’s thinking is hardly diminished by the absence of sheet music.

Old and Unwise finds Berne keeping less-familiar company in French bassist Bruno Chevillon. Where the BB&C trio single-mindedly forged itself into a lumbering, destructive behemoth, this duo outing is a more traditional dialogue between two adventurous soloists. The album takes the form of 11 focused interactions, each staking out slightly different territory.

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