Tim Berne: alto saxophone;
Oscar Noriega: clarinet, bass clarinet;
Ryan Ferreira: guitars;
Matt Mitchell: piano;
Ches Smith: drums, vibraphone, percussion, timpani.
With David Torn: guitar
David Torn plays guitar on Hora Feliz (intro) and Sideshow (outro)New York composer/saxophonist Tim Berne has been dramatically expanding Snakeoil’s original acoustic chamber-jazz sound world lately – and on this live set, all the way to thundering timpani climaxes, avant-rock guitar howls and squelching electronics, though the Berne trademark of implacably interweaving horn lines tugged by sly rhythm-bends constantly resurfaces. This fourth Snakeoil album for ECM is one of the most viscerally direct and exciting chapters in a consistently creative story. Read more
Limited edition, beautifully letterpressed book of drawings and design by Steve By ram and photographs by Tim Berne. Plus a bonus live Snakeoil, Anguis Oleum cd with cardboard letterpress packaging by Steve Byram.