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The Sublime And

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The Sublime And
Live album by
Tim Berne's Science Friction
RecordedApril 12, 2003
Winterthur, Switzerland
LabelThirsty Ear
THI 57139.2
ProducerPeter Bürli
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The Sublime And is a live album by saxophonist Tim Berne's Science Friction which was recorded in 2003 and originally released on Berne's Thirsty Ear label.[1][2] The album was rereleased in 2007 on Berne's Screwgun Records compilation Mind Over Friction.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
All About Jazz4.5/5 stars[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media8.5[6]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings4/4 stars[7]

The AllMusic review awarded the album 4½ stars calling it "an exhilarating, moving, and very accessible concert, which will leave the listener much as it must have left the concertgoer: awestruck".[3] The All About Jazz review said that "The Sublime And... is a strong addition to the Berne catalog, sure to be welcomed by fans. And for newcomers, it provides a nice entry point, displaying Berne's compositional and playing aesthetics with longtime musical cohorts".[4] Writing in The Guardian, John Fordham called it "a remarkably accessible piece of uncompromising new music from undoubtedly the best group Tim Berne has ever led".[5] Pitchfork's Chris Dahlen said "this is the strongest record he's made yet with an electric band-- and it's one of the fiercest and importantly, most inventive performances he's captured. The Sublime And is essential for anyone looking for exhilaratingly original jazz music."[6] Writing in JazzTimes Mike Shanley stated "Whether Berne emits clipped, octave-jumping phrases or agonized wails, he's never anything short of spellbinding. Why, after more than two decades of albums, he hasn't been given greater recognition for his work is anyone's guess".[8]

Track listing

All compositions by Tim Berne except as indicated

Disc One:

  1. "Van Gundy's Retreat" - 10:43
  2. "The Shell Game" - 23:59
  3. "Mrs. Subliminal/Clownfinger" - 30:18

Disc Two:

  1. "Smallfry" (Berne, Craig Taborn) - 6:17
  2. "Jalapeño Diplomacy/Traction" - 20:15
  3. "Stuckon U" - 19:14



  1. ^ Tim Berne discography, accessed October 17, 2014
  2. ^ Thirsty Ear catalog, accessed October 17, 2014
  3. ^ a b Lynch, D., Allmusic Review accessed October 17, 2014
  4. ^ a b Fitzell, S. P., The Sublime And Review All About Jazz, November 13, 2003
  5. ^ a b Fordham, J., The Guardian Review, October 17, 2003
  6. ^ a b Dahlen, Chris (October 19, 2003). "Tim Berne: The Sublime And". Retrieved October 17, 2014.
  7. ^ Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.
  8. ^ Shanley, M., JazzTimes Review, March 2004
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