Tim Berne-alto saxophone
A tour de force saxophone duo between two masterful New York players--alto saxophonist Tim Berne and drummer Nasheet Waits--recording live at The Sultan Room in Brooklyn NY in 2019, in two impressive dialogs: "Tensile" for nearly 40 minutes of articulate expression and powerful rhythmic interaction, and the more introspective "5See" of impressive technique and intention.
Recorded live at the Sultan Room, Brooklyn, altoist Tim Berne offers us a complex duo slab of evolving sound, with an astounding contribution from drummer Nasheet Waits.
The album is spilt into two pieces of uneven length, the first Tensile clocks in at a cool 39 minutes. Id envisioned a slow building progression over a track of such duration but Berne is up to 10. within three mins of the opening note, blowing with sustained intense poise, but never empty abandonment. Floor toms cascade into flowing propulsive momentum, Waits lays forth a condensed textural palette like the concept was to drum out the deeper tones of the kit. Tolling out and prodding the evolving base rhythm.
As in his epic performance on Rob Browns live album Unknown Skies (a bass-less trio) Waits plays with particular intelligence to cover the full tonal sound space, with emphasis on the kick drum and floor toms creating huge rolling presence. He deploys a lot of Africa in his mode of playing in the first tom-heavy solo with a deep break that could be channelled direct for Ghana, or perhaps Nigeria. This is Waits in his Tamarindo-style of playing but at faster tempo, matching Bernes burn. Flowing. Pushing in flow.
As the saxophonist advances and expands into the half-way mark of Tensile he plays with increasing conceptual repetitions and urban calculation, before slowing into a solo space searching and questioning the emotional edges of some oblique city environment, yet here with more spontaneous urgency than his recent ECM work.
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