Tim Berne’s Snakeoil

Released last year and titled after his new quartet, the composer-saxophonist’s first studio album in an unbelievable eight years (on ECM, surprisingly) suggested a set of controlled experiments in carefully calibrated emotional and musical extremes. Oscar Noriega (clarinets), Matt Mitchell (piano), and Ches Smith (drums) have become seasoned fellow travelers alongside Berne, whose constantly unfolding linear compositions serve as roadmaps for fascinating side trips.

May 7-9, 8 & 10 p.m., 2013

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