MUSIC: “Tim Berne”

From Willamette Week, 2/13/08 [Portland Jazz Festival Coverage]:

The “legend” goes that Syracuse native Tim Berne bought his first sax on a whim, back when he was a student at Lewis & Clark in the ’70s. Now a seasoned and prolific avant-garde saxophonist and composer, Berne draws on influences that range from Julius Hemphill to Sam & Dave to the Kronos Quartet. He also has a distinct knack for doing something rare in the world of jazz—creating an altogether new sound. A fervently independent musician whose improvisations and free-jazz stylings follow anything but a traditional structure, he’s continued to push new boundaries and definitions of jazz on more than two-dozen albums since the early ’80s, many recorded on his own labels. LANCE KRAMER. 

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