Tim Berne – Snakeoil

An album like Snakeoil from altoist and composer Tim Berne makes the modern jazz scene so damn intriguing. It’s inventive, unconventional and hauntingly hypnotizing. With the superb, engaging support of Matt Mitchell on piano, Oscar Noriega on clarinets and Ches Smith on drums, Tim Berne unveils the dissonant beauty in thought-provoking lyricism and angular melodic interaction. From the opening “Simple City” to closing “Spectacle,” this terrific set encourages closed attention for a rewarding listening experience.