Pace Yourself

Pace Yourself

by Tim Berne's Caos Totale
     
 
Pace Yourself finds Berne's Caos Totale sextet exploring his rich, multi-layered compositions in depth and at length. Berne's pieces, especially his longer, episodic ones, tend to take unexpected twists and turns; you'll find very little of the traditional "head-solos-head" song

Overview

Pace Yourself finds Berne's Caos Totale sextet exploring his rich, multi-layered compositions in depth and at length. Berne's pieces, especially his longer, episodic ones, tend to take unexpected twists and turns; you'll find very little of the traditional "head-solos-head" song structure here. Though most of his themes have a blues base, they emerge and disappear in conformity with their own logic, not a pre-existing formula. For example, "Sam's Dilemma" begins with a wailing, pounding motif that's almost rockishly anthemic in nature. The band slugs it out with swagger and grit and the listener expects it to form the basis for some raucous, low-down solos. Instead, the music evanesces and one is left alone with bassist Mark Dresser playing a lovely, hushed solo superficially at odds with what has preceded. This, in turn, leads into a relaxed bluesy theme that Berne, on alto, rides out with grace and restraint. Some of the pieces have a similar feel to drummer Bobby Previte's ensemble compositions from around the same time, recorded for Gramavision, but all share a richness combined with a slight acerbic tinge that keeps things from becoming overly smooth. Although all the performers are in fine form, special mention should be made of multiple brass instrumentalist Herb Robertson, whose over-the-top plunger work is a special joy.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Winter & Winter
UPC:
0025091904020
catalogNumber:
919040
Rank:
150591

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim Berne's Caos Totale   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Tim Berne   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Mark Dresser   Bass,Giffus
Herb Robertson   Flute,Trumpet,Cornet,Flugelhorn,Vocals,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument),Balloon
Marc Ducret   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar
Bobby Previte   Drums
Steve Swell   Trombone

Technical Credits

Carlos Albrecht   Engineer
Bobby Previte   Music Manuscript
Stefan Winter   Producer,CD Package Design
Steve Byram   Art Direction
Günter Mattei   Cover Design
Caos Totale   Producer

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