Incidentals is an album by American composer and saxophonist Tim Berne's band Snakeoil which was released on the ECM label in 2017.
Tim Berne's Snakeoil: Incidentals by Karl Ackermann, published on August 29, 2017. Of the formal Tim Berne groups dating back to his 1990s Caos Totale, only his Bloodcount formation has a larger output than Snakeoil. Incidentals continues Berne's experimentation in expanding aural soundscapes, bringing the alto to a wider audience without compromising his unique approach. The group functioned as a quartet on its debut and subsequent Shadow Man (2013)
Incidentals is the fourth ECM album from alto saxophonist Tim Berne’s dynamic Snakeoil band. Complete and self-contained, it can also be considered a partner volume to the 2015 release You’ve Been Watching Me, further documenting a period in the band’s life in which the energetic core group of Berne, fellow reedman Oscar Noriega, pianist Matt Mitchell and t/vibraphonist Ches Smith was augmented by guitarist Ryan Ferreira, whose textural playing and floating, ambient. Truly event-packed, it was once even more so. Originally Sideshow was part of an hour-long piece, the other half being Small World In A Small Town, already documented on You’ve Been Watching Me. Berne: I didn’t want to use up a whole album with one large composition, so I split it in half.
Album · 2017 · 5 Songs. 5. Prelude One, Sequel Too. 9:17. 5 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes. Released: 25 Aug 2017. 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin.
New York Tim Berne has been dramatically expanding Snakeoil’s original acoustic chamber-jazz sound world lately – and on this live set, all the way to thundering timpani climaxes, avant-rock guitar howls and squelching electronics, though the Berne trademark of implacably interweaving horn lines tugged by sly rhythm-bends constantly resurfaces. The contrapuntal Incidentals Contact cuts Matt Mitchell’s piano spontaneity loose, as rocking guitar riffs barge into a tightly seesawing melody, while Stingray Shuffle explores Berne’s bleary kind of lyricism, as deep, slow-bending alto sax lines are harassed by bustling percussion, before the group sound swells to bittersweet wails and sighs. This fourth Snakeoil album for ECM is one of the most viscerally direct and exciting chapters in a consistently creative story.
Tim Berne's Snakeoil. Tim Berne's Snakeoil - Hora Feliz 10:26. Tim Berne's Snakeoil - Stingray Shuffle 07:35. Tim Berne's Snakeoil - Sideshow 26:01. Tim Berne's Snakeoil - Incidentals Contact 10:47. Tim Berne's Snakeoil - Prelude One, Sequel Too 09:17. Shadow Man - Tim Berne's Snakeoil. You've Been Watching Me - Tim Berne's Snakeoil.
Incidentals marks the second album from Tim Berne's Snakeoil quintet - three others, two on ECM and one on Screwgun, were cut as a quartet with the saxophonist, clarinetist Oscar Noriega, pianist Matt Mitchell, and t Ches Smith before guitarist Ryan Ferreira joined for 2013's You've Been Watching Me. Again produced by David Torn - who lends his guitar playing to two tracks - this five-track set offers what is by now an unmistakable sound, with Berne's constantly interweaving scripted melodies, modes, and dialogues seamlessly wedded to group improvisat.