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The Deceptive 4


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Perception 18:34
Moornoats 16:36
Seven 10:49
Deception 16:32
OCDC 16:54
Spare/Cittá 19:52
Scanners 06:26
Hemphill 21:25


Intakt CD 358 (2CDs)

LIVE double disc album

Tim Berne's Snakeoil, this group that has grown into a conspired unit over many years, presents with The Deceptive 4 an extraordinary live double album. "This double-disc live document, The Deceptive 4, traces the evolution of both Berne’s writing for Snakeoil and the way the band interprets his compositions onstage – from the group’s nascent beginnings to not long before the recording of its most recent studio release, and first for Intakt, The Fantastic Mrs. 10 (Intakt CD 340). Disc 1 presents a Snakeoil concert recorded in 2017 within the studio-like acoustics of Firehouse 12 in New Haven, Connecticut. Disc 2 combines music from the foursome’s second and third shows ever, before Berne had even settled on a firm name for the band. The first three tracks on the second disc were recorded in 2010 at the intimate I Beam space in Brooklyn, New York, with the fourth track – an homage to Berne’s key mentor, saxophonist-composer Julius Hemphill – taped in 2009 at the theater Roulette, also in Brooklyn. The quartet music captured on The Deceptive 4 flows from sinuous lyricism to expressionistic fierceness and back again like sonic quick - silver, the players utterly attuned to each other and the questing, even head spinning dynamism of the material’ writes Bradley Bambarger in the liner notes.



released October 16, 2020

Tim Berne: Alto Saxophone
Matt Mitchell: Piano
Oscar Noriega: Bass Clarinet, Bb Clarinet
Ches Smith: Drums and Percussion

CD 1 (Track 1 - 4)
Recorded live by Nick Lloyd at Firehouse 12, NY, on Dec 1, 2017

CD 2 (Track 5 - 8)
Recorded live by Joseph Branciforte at IBEAM, NY, on June 15, 2010
and at Roulette, NY, on November 21, 2009.

All music by Tim Berne (Party Music BMI) except „Hemphill“ by Julius Hemphill (Subito music/ Tim Berne Party Music BMI). Mastered by David Torn. Cover art and design: Stephen Byram. Cover photos: Tim Berne. Band photos: Lynne Harty and Peter Gannushkin. Booklet design: Fiona Ryan. Liner notes: Bradley Bambarger. Produced and published by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt, Anja Illmaier, Florian Keller.


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