Album Review

Berne, Tim / Black, Jim / Cline, Nels – “Veil, The” – [Cryptogramophone]

abacus   9/21/2011   CD, Jazz

Check out the newest project from NY downtown avant-jazz trio recorded live at Zorn’s club The Stone! Jim Black’s drumwork is aggressively relentless while Nels Cline provides atmosphere with his usual mind-blowing synthesis of jazz, rock, country and ambience and Tim Berne gives us an array of searing sax licks that fluctuate from Zorn to Lurie and back again. This album was one of two long jam sessions (all the songs track together) and ranges from chaotic thickets of monolithic power to introspective sonic abstractions. Too brutal to be jazz yet far too unpredictable and challenging to be rock, this piece teeters on the edge of doom-jazz with some ambient pieces punctuating the unflinching power. Though this is entirely improvised, it is deceptively cohesive and intact. Behold the power of jazz fed metal, grunge and doom!

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