This is a concert review? What a joke. You should change the title to "Kaylin Cervini Review." Thank you for being horrible at your job Frank!
If Tim Berne's music is not your cup of tea then just state that and end the review, I think the moronic level of writing that followed was uncalled for it only makes you look like a clueless hack.
I didn't read any criticism in this review at all, just another writer out of his depth. Why was Frank not more honest about his own musical ignorance before he wrote the review ? This kind of poor judgement and understanding is second rate journalism, all too common today.
"Snakeoil" on ECM is an excellent album. There is a lot of through-composed, fully notated material as well as improvisation so yes "someone did write that down", Complex structure and improv,, Berne has been a master of that approach for years.
I hope I get to see this band on a future tour.
Frank, with all due respect, clearly what Berne does has no appeal to you, but your lack of understanding of what his group does translating into your rather insulting description only reflects on your lack of knowledge of what Berne's music is about. Personally I hear plenty of structure and melody in this music, and plenty of sharp angles and free play as well, to be sure. But If you are going to review music, you need to understand that you are not the arbiter of what is good or bad, only the arbiter of what you like (or don't). Your not liking Berne's show does not make the music bad or good, it only means you don't like it. A tremendous pitfall for a music reviewer is to make assumptions about the musicians and what is going on in their head, so suggesting :"no way anyone wrote that down" suggests knowledge you clearly do not have, unless you spoke to Berne and had that fact confirmed.
You don't have to like the music, but to describe it as you have is disrespectful to artists who are renowned worldwide. Surely there must be some reason for that, and surely just because something doesn't float your boat is no reason to completely trash these muscians, as you have.
That's not journalism; that's just attitude, disrespect and getting some pleasure in seeing just how many points you can score off the artists. Not that they care, I suspect, since their music is well-regarded and was on many best-of lists when their record was released last year. There's a follow-up in the works, and I, for one, can't wait to hear these guys do what they do, and do so extraordinarily well.
I'm so excited to sing these pieces on Sunday! It's been a great choral experience. See you on Sunday?
Great mix of sounds! Groovin' jazz fusion....can only come from very talented musicians!! Even passed the "teenager test"!!! Gotta be HOT!!!
Sirsy Fan: Thanks for the correction! We've fixed it in the article.
Andrew Jones: Normally I prefer to let our commenters have at it and just bow out of the discussion. But there seems to be a continued element of confusion with this piece, so let me explain our policy on this: if you want to critique Frank's review, or Frank's reviewing style, by all means do so. That is not the issue here. But people were attacking the critic on a personal level. We will not allow that on this site. Just as Frank reviewed Mr. Berne's music, not the man himself, we ask that commenters similarly keep their opinions to Frank's writing and not make disparaging remarks about him as a human being.
I get it CITY, only your reviewer is allowed to spit dismissive bile with condescension. Don't get your "feewings huwt" just because you sent someone who is profoundly ignorant of this type of music to review it and then chose to publish his, frankly, embarrassing review (Berne's music is HEAVILY composed. His bands play the composed elements with the precision and consistency of the best classical musicians alive.) So yes it is notated (someone "wrote it down"). If you publish the statement that the work of an internationally acclaimed composer" sounded like a gaggle of geese fucking ," don't be surprised if people think the reviewer sucks. I could have asked my 4 year old nephew his opinion and gotten a more thoughtful response.
Fantastic! THE BLUES IS #1!
The guitarist is named RICH.....NOT MIKE! He is Rich Libutti........
R. Mike is an awesome guitar player. Great live band.
I hope you guys are as excited for this new Preservation album as I am! http://smarturl.it/PreservationHallJazz
The "music" that Tim Berne and his extremely talented band mates played at the XRIJF almost caused my body to convulse and heave in an unhealthy manner. It was shrill, confusing and I think meant for those people that stop at green lights and run straight through the red ones.
There are rules in life and in music and breaking them just to see the pieces fall is a selfish notion. The band was clearly rife with talent and their heady improvisational abilities were played out on the stage at The Montage.
What happened at that show, may have pleased some, or even most that were there, I did hear applause.
Although, maybe the sound was some form of percussive beat that was meant to reboot the listener's ears between "songs".
Like I said, I was there too. Albeit I may not be as wide-eared and expansive as some, I think I represent
the open-minded and exploratory and am always ready for something new on my plate. Tim Berne ain't it.
WTF was the notion repeating over and again, like the sound of a flock of fornicating foul!
I like to experience something new and sometimes new is just people proving that they can. That, in and of
itself, does not make it palatable.
Reading a review from Frank is always entertaining and definitely accurate from his point of view.
It's a review, people. CoolJazzPeople. Cool it.
There's no doubt that the diversity of the nouns in our lives is what makes the world a better place to be.
Can you dig it?
"Call me a heretic if you want, but I wasn’t the only one leaving with "WTF" written across my face."
Frank, I think you pretty obviously walked IN with "WTF" written across your face. Not liking Berne is fine, not understanding him is acceptable, but pretending to be some sort of informed commentator on something you obviously don't understand is pretty shameful. You'd do better writing about things you can comprehend, like this:
Hey,lighten up folks...at least he knows what a gaggle of geese fucking sounds like...hmmm..that 's a disturbing thought.
To the moderator from City magazine urging people to be polite:
I probably would have hated the concert, and did enjoy the reviewer's honest assessment. That being said if he is comfortable publishing such phrases as "It sounded like a gaggle of geese fucking", I'm sure he can take a few harsh/demeaning comments hurled his way!
"There's no way anyone wrote that down": perhaps you should take a listen to this band's record (wherein they play some of the same material) before publishing a review where you are clearly out of your element. These guys are at the top of their game when it comes to both composed and improvised music, and this performance was a shining example of the seamless, chamber-like melding of composition and improvisation of which these musicians are true masters.
I'm friends with Tim Berne on Facebook and he posted your review, Frank. The comments from other jazz musicians are pretty funny. Frank - what were you thinking? Why did they send you to a Tim Berne concert? This is not a Frank DeBlase thing. That's just apples and oranges.
Thanks for telling it like you saw it, Frank,I thought it was just me. Squeek and Honk! I saw Sun Ra three times back when John Gilmore and Marshall Allen were pushing the free jazz envelope, I've heard Ornette and the Art ensemble of Chicago, and still have the vinyl of Ascension. These guys didn't play a consonant phrase in the 15 minutes we could stand. Maybe it would have worked in the middle of the week, but the last night, it left a worse taste in my mouth than the antipasto at Max's. So why did he call the band Snake Oil?
a response to whatever: musicians serve both the unheard sound AND the audience, and as liasons, would be condescending to play down to an audience in not bringing something more to the occasion than what an audience already knows or can already do on its own. Nearly everything has more to offer than what a quick hit can take in, not just music -- and what about mystery? That's a condition of encountering more than you already know. It's a projection to assume that musicians have no thought of the audience in mind. What you're calling "alienating" is just the sting of difference.
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