Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet in Amsterdam, February 13
One section in the final piece cast light on some of the bands working methods: Midway through, Vandermark settled on a motif, contrasted with spluttered asides. As he insistently repeated the phrase, the other horns began, one by one, to squeal and squawk over a powerhouse rhythm in response, until they had conjured a stomach- churning furore. Instant composition in action. Brotzmann's clarinet spun out over the top as everyone quietened for a graceful conclusion, followed by an upwelling of tumultuous applause. Eleven years and still going strong.
Photographed musicians:1) l:r Ken Vandermark, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Johannes Bauer, Michael Zerang, Conrad Bauer; 2) Joe McPhee and Peter Brotzmann; 3) Kent Kessler and Jeb Bishop