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Sun Of Goldfinger

David Torn, Tim Berne, Ches Smith

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1
Eye Meddle
David Torn; Tim Berne; Ches Smith
23:55
2
Spartan, Before It Hit
David Torn; Tim Berne; Ches Smith
22:10
3
Soften The Blow
David Torn; Tim Berne; Ches Smith
22:50
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Total Playing Time    68:55
"This is dangerous music – at times angry, at others blissed-out and illuminating – with its thunderous rumblings… delivering not so much a wash of sound, more a tidal wave.”
- LondonJazz

Guitarist-composer David Torn, a longstanding ECM artist, has enjoyed a particularly fruitful 21st-century with the label, releasing two albums under his own name – the solo only sky and quartet album Prezens – in addition to producing records by Tim Berne and Michael Formanek.

With Sun of Goldfinger, Torn returns in a trio alongside the alto saxophonist Berne and percussionist Ches Smith (a member of Berne’s Snakeoil band who made his ECM leader debut in 2016 with The Bell). The Torn/Berne/Smith trio, also dubbed Sun of Goldfinger, features alone on two of this album’s three intense tracks of 20-plus minutes.

The vast sonic tapestries of “Eye Muddle” and “Soften the Blow” – each spontaneous group compositions – belie the fact that only a trio is weaving them, with live electronics by Torn and Smith expanding the aural envelope. The third track, the Torn composition “Spartan, Before It Hit,” showcases an extended ensemble with two extra guitars, keyboards and a string quartet; it’s an otherworldly creation, ranging from hovering atmospherics to dark-hued lyricism to storming, sky-rending grandeur.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

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