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Simple City Simple City 13:58    
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Track length:13:58
Artist: Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell & Ches Smith
Performer: Ches Smith
Matt Mitchell
Oscar Noriega
Tim Berne
Genre: Modern
Publisher: Party Music
Composer: Tim Berne
ISRC: DEB331123451
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Scanners Scanners 7:24    
Album only
Track length:7:24
Artist: Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell & Ches Smith
Performer: Ches Smith
Matt Mitchell
Oscar Noriega
Tim Berne
Genre: Modern
Publisher: Party Music
Composer: Tim Berne
ISRC: DEB331123452
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Spare Parts Spare Parts 14:14    
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Track length:14:14
Artist: Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell & Ches Smith
Performer: Ches Smith
Matt Mitchell
Oscar Noriega
Tim Berne
Genre: Modern
Publisher: Party Music
Composer: Tim Berne
ISRC: DEB331123453
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Yield Yield 12:10    
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Track length:12:10
Artist: Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell & Ches Smith
Performer: Ches Smith
Matt Mitchell
Oscar Noriega
Tim Berne
Genre: Modern
Publisher: Party Music
Composer: Matt Mitchell
Tim Berne
ISRC: DEB331123454
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Not Sure Not Sure 8:43    
Album only
Track length:8:43
Artist: Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell & Ches Smith
Performer: Ches Smith
Matt Mitchell
Oscar Noriega
Tim Berne
Genre: Modern
Publisher: Party Music
Composer: Tim Berne
ISRC: DEB331123455
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Spectacle Spectacle 12:02    
Album only
Track length:12:02
Artist: Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell & Ches Smith
Performer: Ches Smith
Matt Mitchell
Oscar Noriega
Tim Berne
Genre: Modern
Publisher: Party Music
Composer: Tim Berne
ISRC: DEB331123456
Digital booklet Album only

Tim Berne alto saxophone
Oscar Noriega B♭ and bass clarinets
Matt Mitchell piano
Ches Smith drums; percussion

After compelling contributions to ECM discs by David Torn and Michael Formanek, here is Tim Berne’s first leader date for the label. “Snakeoil” introduces a fascinating ensemble, a “chamber-like group” in Berne’s words, albeit one that packs some power. Tim’s tough alto is heard with Oscar Noriega’s earthy clarinets, Mat Mitchell’s cryptic piano, and Ches Smith’s tone-conscious drums, tympani, gongs and congas. Berne: “I'd decided on this very transparent instrumentation to try and avoid obvious stylistic references and to focus the listener on the musical ideas being presented.” Two years of wood-shedding preceded the recording of “Snakeoil” at New York’s Avatar Studios early in 2011, and the band was ready to roar. The disc is issued on the eve of a tour that takes in dates on both sides of the Atlantic.