The Veil  bb&c

bb&c is an explosive three-headed monster featuring Brooklyn alto saxophonist Tim Berne, downtown drummer Jim Black and the ever-exploring Nels Cline on guitar. Their debut CD “The Veil” was recorded live at The Stone in New York City in 2009. Combining elements of avant jazz, skronk rock, heavy metal, and other uncategorizabe influences, bb&c is a collaboration between three international jazz pioneers. Nels Cline is well known to all Crypto fans.  Tim Berne's soulful body of work has created a new musical language which continues to push the boundaries and possibilities of jazz. Virtuosic drummer Jim Black is celebrated worldwide for his limitless technique and innovative concepts. With a highly individual approach to jazz drumming, his style has expanded to include Balkan rhythms, rock songcraft and laptop soundscapes.


Tim Berne
alto sax
Jim Black
drums, laptop


3 and 1/2 stars. Hide the kids. Put the cat outside. Make sure that all spouses who tend to have jangled nerves are otherwise occupied and well out of the house. Not only is the great jazz alto saxophone avant-gardist Tim Berne back in a July 2009 li

Jeff Simon, Buffalo News, 5/27/11

On The Veil, a project by Tim Berne’s collaboration with drummer Jim Black and guitarist Nels Cline, the alto saxophonist is similarly revealed against a backdrop of aggressive guitar and drums, culled from two sweltering late-June 2009 nights at Th

Sean O’Connell, NY Jazz Record Journal,