Sunday, February 15, 2015

Tim Berne - Sanctified Dreams (1987

 Tim Berne-Alto
Joey Baron-Drums
Mark Dresser-Bass
Hank Roberts-Cello, Voice
Herb Robertson-Trumpet, Pocket Trumpet,Cornet, Flugelhorn

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  2. I read a critic once mentioning how bizarre it was for Columbia to have signed Berne and released these albums when they did. But, the story I heard goes like this: Miles Davis had just humiliated the wunderkind Marsalis in Vancouver and the Columbia Records execs were not happy because he was a fresh property. Columbia was, on the other hand, making Miles "feel like I'm a tax loss," pushing him to make conciliatory phone calls, delaying his album release (Aura). So, he up and split Columbia with two more albums due to them, hooked up with Marcus Miller at Warner Bros., who had been making bank with David Sanborn, and when Columbia said, "what about our two albums?" Well, Sanborn (who was hip to the situation) had just the man for the job, his old pal from Julius Hemphill student days, Tim Berne. "We'll have those in the pipeline for ya! The next Platinum Big Money Star Just For You Columbia, Straight from Golden Alto Dave!" Perhaps when the execs finally got the returns, they decoded the message, "FUCK YOU!"
    Anyway, Sanborn seems to have gotten Hemphill that BigBand date on Elektra (WarnerBros.) and he also did that great tribute with Berne to Hemphill "Diminutive Mysteries." Nice to know he didn't forget his roots, even though I can't listen to much of his records.

    1. This was actually a double signing for Columbia, a short-lived attempt to expand their A&R roster to include more adventurous jazz and take advantage of the then new CD medium. Jane Ira Bloom was signed at the same time, and her two albums "Modern Drama" and "Slalom" came out at the same time as Berne's. "Aura" however, was still indeed hung up and remained so until two years after the Berne and Bloom albums came out. By the time "Aura" finally came out Berne & Bloom were long gone from the Columbia roster.

      My own story involving this album: When I was on the radio years ago I was about to train an intern to be an on-air DJ for the jazz department. The kid came in, introduced himself, told me his name was Stefan Zeniuk. He was met with a blank stare from me, until I remembered where I had heard his name...on the cover of "Sanctified Dreams", where the first track had the dedication "for Stefan Zeniuk". Kid was pretty amazed that I recognized his name, and it was indeed him, the song written when he was 3 years old, and the Bernes were his babysitter. Stefan is now a professional saxist himself, and his band Gato Loco has 2 albums on Winter & Winter.

    2. I've got the Bloom's and will post them. One of the few people who can actually plat a soprano sax...

  3. Hey agmosk! Had not heard this Berne effort . . . thanks for the listen!

  4. Unknown for me album. Many thanks, Agmosk!

  5. Thank you agmosk!, I have this title in vinyl, published in Brazil, but did not have a digital copy.

  6. Hello! Greetings. Can you repost this wonderful record? Many thanks!!

  7. New Link -

    Tim Berne - Sanctified Dreams:

  8. Thank you for reposting, Uri!! Good memories, listening to this!