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Sacred Vowels

by Tim Berne

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torzano Listening to this again today and it's terrific. This is different from most solo saxophone albums in a good way. Great melodic lines played with Tim's unique dark alto sound. Really like the track Curls. Favorite track: Rose Colored Assive.
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rat Magnificent pieces for solo saxophone
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accordeonaire I have loved Tim's work since I first heard it in the early eighties. It didn't occur to me that I had never heard him play solo til this came out. Solo sax albums are a great tradition in creative music (Braxton's "For Alto" comes to mind), and Tim's improv/composer voice is so distinctive that to hear it in this raw form is a treat beyond measure. I generally prefer conversations between improvisors, but a great monologue is, in fact, great.
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gbelislechi Very moving music from master musician Tim Berne. Rose Colored Assive is a masterpiece.
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Darn That 03:00
Palm Sweat 03:35
Curls 04:18
Discrete 03:36
D'Tease 03:13
Aunt Acid 03:15
Cluster 02:19
Swig Swag 03:52
Baikida 02:43


This is my first solo recording...something i’ve been pondering for the past year and a half. I began writing some solo things to help me get out of a melodic rut and just kept going with it but whenever i got close to recording the fear crept in and i paused.

I really wanted the intimacy/informality of playing at home where i am most comfortable. we are.

Last friday i went into a room with my horn and my PJ’s and this is what
happened ...kind of what i envisioned.

No big deal.

Thanks to my partner in crime David Torn it even sounds good.


released May 1, 2020

Recorded April 17-20 2020 at Guest Room Studios in Brooklyn
Mastered by david TORN
All songs by tim
All 9donkey’s artists appear courtesy of screwgun records
9donkey's logo/steve byram, 9donkey’s c of uhoh/jason tors


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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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