Shadow Man (Tim Berne album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Shadow Man
Shadow Man (Tim Berne album).jpg
Studio album by Tim Berne's Snakeoil
Released October 4, 2013
Recorded January 2013, Clubhouse, New York
Genre Jazz
Length 77:02
Label ECM
ECM 2339
Producer David Torn and Tim Berne
Tim Berne chronology
Shadow Man

Shadow Man is an album by American composer and saxophonist Tim Berne's band Snakeoil released on the ECM label.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[3]

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars and stated "Shadow Man's experiment, in trying to capture Snakeoil's live performance in detail and dynamic, is not only successful, it reveals this band at a peak of instinctive, intuitive creativity and imagination".[2]

Writing in The Guardian, John Fordham commented "mingling wide-interval melodies that sometimes sound like contemporary classical music and sometimes trampling funk, quiet solos or intimate duets, tonal contrasts (warm clarinet lyricism, glimmering vibraphones, free-jazz sax wailing), dynamic percussion and unrelenting eventfulness. It's edgy, pattern spinning contemporary music, but austere it certainly is not".[3]

The All About Jazz review by John Kelman said that "Shadow Man is an even more impressive outing from a quartet that, in a career highlighted by strong associations, may well be Berne's most impressively cohesive group yet" while Troy Collins stated "Emboldened by the sterling contributions of Berne's youthful sidemen, Shadow Man surpasses the refined austerity of Snakeoil's debut, providing a far more archetypal example of the protean ensemble's abilities".[4][5]

The JazzTimes review by Thomas Conrad enthused "This band’s eponymous ECM debut last year was one of the most acclaimed jazz recordings of 2012. Shadow Man is stronger. It is wilder and deeper, an oceanic extravagance of strange sonic shapes and colors. Yet it coheres according to proprietary logic".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Tim Berne except as indicated

  1. "Son of Not So Sure" - 6:41
  2. "Static" (Marc Ducret, Tim Berne) - 8:01
  3. "Psalm" (Paul Motian) - 4:14
  4. "OC/DC" - 22:55
  5. "Socket" - 18:52
  6. "Cornered (Duck)" - 16:15



  1. ^ ECM Catalogue accessed December 13, 2013
  2. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed December 13, 2013
  3. ^ a b Fordham, J. The Guardian Review, October 4, 2013
  4. ^ Kelman, J. Shadow Man Review All About Jazz, October 9, 2013
  5. ^ Collins, T. Shadow Man Review All About Jazz, October 16, 2013
  6. ^ Conrad, T. Tim Berne's Snakeoil: Shadow Man JazzTimes, November 24, 2013