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Broken Shadows (Berne, Speed, King, Anderson) US Tour

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NYC avant-jazz stalwarts join forces with The Bad Plus rhythm section in tribute to legendary Texas composers Ornette, Dewey Redman, Julius Hemphill and more

Tim Berne - alto sax
Dave King - drums
Chris Speed - tenor sax
Reid Anderson - bass

Broken Shadows is a quartet of kindred spirits communing over shared loves and common inspirations, radiating not only homage but aspiration – to make music with deep roots reach out into the present moment, alive and attuned and moving through our air now. These four musicians hailing from the urban northern half of America – Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Reid Anderson and Dave King – have banded together to reinterpret the timeless sounds conjured by great men from the rural South and heartland of the country: Ornette Coleman, Julius Hemphill, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden. These iconic figures created an ever-resonant avant-garde out of the folk-art influences of their early surroundings, a canon that comprises the hard blues and deep lament, keening celebration and hollering protest. Wound through the DNA of such avant-jazz classics as “Dogon A.D.,” “Lonely Woman,” “Civilization Day,” “Walls- Bridges” and “Song for Ché” are the age-old sounds of back-alley bars and carnival midways, funeral processions and holiday parades, the rave-ups of Saturday night shading into the hymns of Sunday morning. The way saxophonists Berne and Speed perform this music with the bass-and-drum team of Anderson and King has a rocking, roughhewn harmonic convergence wholly in keeping with the source materials, even as their improvisations have a searching, burning modernism of their own. To channel the cultural history of this music, the players of Broken Shadows can rely on their personal history as friends and collaborators; among various associations, Speed played in Berne’s Bloodcount band in the 1990s, while Anderson and King are two-thirds of the genre defying band The Bad Plus. This foursome is onto something special here – the emotive breath and beat of this music being undeniable, infectious; these are players known for their ability to take it out, but Broken Shadows gives them a vehicle to get down. — Bradley Bambarger

 

US Tour Dates and Cities

May 15/16 jazz standard nyc
17/Portland,Maine
18/Regatta bar boston
19/Newburgh ny
23/Baltimore 
24/Johnny Brenda Philly

June 12/blue whale LA
13/Kuumbwa santa cruz
14/SF jazz
15/The Old Church Portland
16/Royal Room Seattle
17/madison,Wi
18/Icehouse Minneapolis
19/Chicago
20/Austin - North Door

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Will definitely see THAT! The SFJAZZ date is June 13, though.
I just saw Chris Speed and Dave King in Craig Taborn's Quartet last week at Big Ears.

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Looks good.

No mention that King played in the great Buffalo Collision band of Berne's. Hope they get to record or visit UK, or both

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On 3/30/2018 at 0:20 PM, bertrand said:

Where in Baltimore?

An Die Musik

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I am going to make an effort to catch the 5/19 show in Newburgh, NY.

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Anderson and King played a gig with Dewey at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival in the early noughties. Redman’s playing varied between inspired to insipid in the space of a few minutes. Chardonnay might have been responsible. 

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