Rolling Stone: Preview Sun of Goldfinger’s Genre-Blurring New Avant-Garde Opus

Chamber music, free jazz and electronic beats swirl together in a wild excerpt from David Torn, Tim Berne and Ches Smith’s uncategorizable new album ‘Sun of Goldfinger.’

Typically, the band known as Sun of Goldfinger exists purely in the moment. Consisting of saxophonist Tim Berne, guitarist David Torn and drummer Ches Smith, the trio finds these world-class improvisers roaming freely among musical zones ranging from hard-hitting avant-rock to delicate ambient jazz.

While there’s plenty of room for spontaneity on the band’s upcoming debut album, Sun of Goldfinger, out March 1st on ECM, one track, “Spartan, Before It Hit,” takes a more meticulous approach, yielding magical results. Here you can hear the first section of the 22-minute piece.

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Jessica Appleby