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Tune in to the B,B&C.

BY no means typical Valentine's Day fare, a hot jazz gig tonight offers a peculiar kind of romance.

This gig will fulfil lovers of tense, nervy music, born out of improvisation.

B,B&C is a summit between three of the most elemental of US jazz players, a fairly recent teaming-up of what amounts to some kind of alternative supergroup.

Saxophonist Tim Berne, guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Jim Black will be performing at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham.

The band's debut album The Veil came out in 2011, emerging from a dark sonic corner that won't surprise followers of Berne and Black, a pair who have worked together frequently.

The man who drags the music into a slightly different realm is Cline, whose approach has one leg mired in the noise frequencies of rock.

Cline will be familiar to many as a stringster for Wilco, the famed US alt-country, indie-prog rock group.

This is an opportunity to catch three of America's mightiest improvisers at the virile peak of their powers.

MARTIN LONGLEY Tune into the B,B&C JAZZ
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