Jim Black

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Jim Black
Black performing in 2007
Black performing in 2007
Background information
BornSeattle, Washington, U.S.
Jim Black performing in Aarhus, Denmark
Jim Black in Denmark 2018

Jim Black is an American jazz drummer who has performed with Tim Berne and Dave Douglas, among others. He attended Berklee College of Music.

His own group, AlasNoAxis, includes Hilmar Jensson on electric guitar, Chris Speed on tenor saxophone and clarinet, and Skúli Sverrisson on electric bass. The music is in some ways closer to post-rock than jazz, concentrating on rhythmic shifts and ensemble texture rather than featured solos. Since 2000, the group has released several records on Winter & Winter.

The group Pachora, also including Black, Speed, and Sverrisson, and with Brad Shepik on tambura and electric saz, plays music that is similarly rhythmically diverse, but inspired by Balkan rhythms.

Jim participated as drummer 12 in the Boredoms 77 Boadrum performance which occurred on July 7, 2007, at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn, New York.

He is also one-third of the group BBC (Berne/Black/Cline) along with alto saxophonist Berne and Nels Cline of Wilco. The group released a critically acclaimed album called The Veil in 2011.[1]


With AlasNoAxis

With Jim Black Trio

With Malamute

  • Malamute (Intakt Records, 2017)

With Human Feel

  • Human Feel (Human Use, 1989)
  • Scatter (GM, 1991)
  • Welcome to Malpesta (New World, 1994)
  • Speak to It (Songlines, 1996)
  • Galore (Skirl, 2007)
  • Party Favor (independent, 2016)
  • Gold (Intakt Records, 2019)

With Pachora

  • Pachora (Knitting Factory Works, 1997)
  • Unn (Knitting Factory Works, 1999)
  • Ast (Knitting Factory Works, 2000)
  • Astereotypical (Winter & Winter, 2003)

With BB&C

As sideman[edit]

With Tim Berne's Bloodcount

With Endangered Blood

  • Endangered Blod (Skirl Records, 2011)
  • Work Your Magic (Skirl Records, 2013)
  • Don't Freak Out (Skirl Records, 2018)

With Uri Caine

With Kris Davis

With Dave Douglas

With Ben Monder

With Hank Roberts

  • Green (Winter & Winter, 2008)

With Jamie Saft

With Carlos Bica & Azul

  • Azul (Polygram/ Emarcy, 1996)
  • Twist (Enja, 1999)
  • Look What They've Done to My Song (Enja, 2003)
  • Believer (Enja, 2006)
  • Things About (Clean Feed, 2011)
  • More Than This (Clean Feed, 2017)
  • Azul in Ljubljana (Clean Feed, 2018)

Other albums[edit]


  1. ^ Fordham, John (July 28, 2011). "Berne/Black/Cline/BB & C: The Veil – review". the Guardian.

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