Screwgun Records

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Screwgun Records
Founded1996 (1996)
FounderTim Berne
Country of originU.S.
LocationBrooklyn, New York

Screwgun Records is a jazz record label founded by saxophonist Tim Berne in 1996.[1] Most releases on the label have been by Berne, though some have been by Berne's associates and bandmates. Steve Byram has designed and illustrated the artwork for many of the label's albums.[2]

After attending college in Oregon, Berne moved to New York City in the 1970s to meet saxophonist Julius Hemphill, whose music had inspired him to become a jazz musician. Hemphill became his mentor, giving him saxophone lessons and helping him find his way in the music business. Berne founded Empire Records in the late 1970s to issue own albums.[1] He released four albums, and his work was noticed by Giovanni Bonandrini, an Italian producer who issued Berne's next two albums on Soul Note. Berne signed with Columbia Records in the 1980s, then recorded for JMT Records until it shut down in 1995. Then Berne founded Screwgun to get control of his work again. Screwgun was distinguished by albums packaged in brown, cardboard covers decorated with the line drawings of Steve Byram. The unorthodox artwork fit Berne's unorthodox music and business tactics.[1][3]


Year released Catalogue No. Artist Title Notes
1996 70001 Tim Berne's Bloodcount Unwound 3-CD Box Set - Limited Edition of 2000
1997 70002 Tim Berne's Paraphrase Visitation Rites
1997 70003 Tim Berne's Bloodcount Discretion
1997 70004 Tim Berne's Bloodcount Saturation Point
1998 70005 Marc Ducret Un Certain Malaise
1998 70006 Michael Formanek Am I Bothering You?
1998 70007 Django Bates Quiet Nights
1998 70008 Julius Hemphill Blue Boyé 2-CD Box Set rerelease of 1977 album on Mbari Records
1998 70009 Tim Berne The Empire Box 5-CD Box Set compiling The Five Year Plan, 7X, Spectres, and Songs and Rituals in Real Time
1999 70010 Marc Ducret L'Ombra di Verdi
1999 70011 Tim Berne's Paraphrase Please Advise
2001 70012 Tim Berne and The Copenhagen Art Ensemble with Herb Robertson and Marc Ducret Open, Coma 2-CD Box Set
2002 70013 Tim Berne Science Friction
2004 70014 Tim Berne's Hard Cell Electric and Acoustic Hard Cell Live
2005 70015 Tim Berne's Hard Cell Feign
2005 70016 Tim Berne's Paraphrase Pre-Emptive Denial
2006 70017 Tim Berne's Big Satan Livein Cognito 2-CD Box Set
2007 70018 Tim Berne's Science Friction Mind Over Friction 3-CD Box Set compiling Science Friction and The Sublime And
2007 70019 Tim Berne's Bloodcount Seconds 2 CD + DVD Box Set
2008 70020 Buffalo Collision (Duck)
2009 none Prezens Slipped On A Bar Digital-only release
2015 none Tim Berne, Steve Byram, Snakeoil Spare/Anguis Oleum Limited Edition Book by Steve Byram (Spare) and live CD by Snakeoil (Anguis Oleum)
2017 none Matt Mitchell, Tim Berne Forage Composed by Tim Berne, performed by Matt Mitchell
2018 none Tim Berne, Matt Mitchell Angel Dusk

9donkeys Digital Releases[edit]

Year released Artist Title Notes
2020 Tim Berne Sacred Vowels
2020 David Torn Fur
2020 Tim Berne 7 Adobe Probe
2020 Hank Roberts/Tim Berne Cause and Reflect Remastered reissue of 1998 release
2020 Broken Shadows Broken Shadows Live
2020 Matt Mitchell/Tim Berne 1
2020 Sun Of Goldfinger Congratulations To You
2020 Prezens xForm
2020 Prezens Slipped On A Bar Reissue of 2009 release
2020 Hard Cell The Cosmos
2020 Science Friction +Size
2021 Hard Cell Sensitive
2021 Bloodcount Attention Spam
2021 Bloodcount 5

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Fitzell, Sean Patrick (31 December 2005). "Tim Berne's Screwgun Records: By Him, For You". All About Jazz. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  2. ^ Eye, Number 42, Volume 11, Winter 2001.
  3. ^ Lynch, Dave. "Tim Berne". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 March 2017.

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