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Diminutive Mysteries (Mostly Hemphill)

by Tim Berne

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

This is certainly the most unusual David Sanborn recording to date. Avant-gardist Tim Berne (heard here on alto and baritone) and the popular R&B star Sanborn (mostly leaving his trademark alto behind to play sopranino) share a great respect for altoist Julius Hemphill and the St. Louis free jazz movement. Along with guitarist Marc Ducret, cellist Hank Roberts and drummer Joey Baron, they perform seven often-emotional Hemphill pieces plus Berne's "The Maze." Sanborn is to be congratulated for successfully stretching himself although this is very much Berne's date.

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released September 7, 1992

Julius Hemphill Composer
Tim Berne Composer, Sax (Alto), Sax (Baritone)
David Sanborn Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Joey Baron Drums
Mark Dresser Acoustic Bass Guitar, Bass, Main Personnel
Marc Ducret Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
Hank Roberts Cello
Herb Robertson Cornet, Flugelhorn, Trumpet

Stefan F. Winter Producer

Hiroshi Itsuno Executive Producer
Joe Ferla Engineer
Thomas Schmid Engineer
Adrian von Ripka Mastering
Steve Byram Design
Cheung Ching Ming Photography
A.W. Dick Assistant
Günter Mattei Cover Design
Chris Albert Assistant

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Tim Berne Brooklyn, New York

Alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and label boss Tim Berne asserts a strong and singular musical personality that links his diverse and frequently absorbing works in an astonishing variety of styles, and almost always juxtaposes meticulously noted arrangements with free improvisation. ... more

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