All former CD's and concerts brought me a great thrill ! Fantastic !! So collected practically everything that came out at his label Screwgun Records and at concert-stands. This time I have a bit of a difficulty with his difficulty.. first time. First heard this piece of music life at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Great to see him in that overcrowded place, because he belongs amongst the most important influencers on the now-avant-garde-jazz. His music is allways free of schmieren or satisfying people. it is what it is. And GOOD! Am glad to see him play on ECM, because that label can bring him to new and mayby larger audiences. If anyone, than he is deserving that ! But in this concert it was too much counting and weaving. Too much brain and skill to me. Could't find the close-your-eyes and let yourself go into this music.. The music had lost the spontanity and furiousity, the near silences, the Berne-thing is missing a bit... Enjoyed it allright, but hmmm. It happened again in the CD, it is hard to keep on listening and let go when too many oiled snakelines are playing trough and over eachother. It might very well be me, who is missing something, probably actually, and I hope to get back on track and find out what it is, because i fully trust T.Berne and want to know and follow up in the lines he is drawing. But after listening over and over, I can't give a five star. Still......, dó please listen. There is something to find out and it maybe will find ground or conclusion in the next recording.
Brooding, aggressive, taught, melancholic, angular, rhythmic and thrilling. The music has enthralling ebbs, flows...and torrents. So much essential music coming from ECM at the moment. Jazz feels urgent and meaningful again. I hope to never hear another 'standard'. No such safety and security in evidence on this recording - buy it and creatively assault yourself.