Snakeoil - Tim Berne
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  • Summary: Manfred Eicher produced the first album on ECM for saxophonist Tim Berne and his trio of musicians: Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell, and Ches Smith.
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  1. Apr 23, 2012
    80
    This is music where the appeal lies in the heaping of layers and how it is all "happening."
  2. Apr 23, 2012
    80
    Produced by ECM proprietor Manfred Eicher, Snakeoil sounds as good as any album from Berne, without conforming to stereotypes of "the ECM sound".
  3. Apr 23, 2012
    80
    The lack of physical force (though there is plenty of fire) is more than compensated for, in the thought-provoking concept and complexity with a resonant yet unconventional lyricism.
  4. Apr 23, 2012
    80
    His all-acoustic Snakeoil quartet strikes the composition/improv balance with expressive elegance
  5. Apr 23, 2012
    67
    The alto saxophonist's reptilian coils of brass all but sprout wings on Snakeoil's six songs in 68 minutes, and the piano, drums, and clarinet/bass clarinet team with a Darwinian tension.
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