Peter Brotzmann Trio at Cafe Oto, London
In fact they were responsible for the second stand out passage. It began as Brotzmann turned away at the end of another blistering workout, leaving Noble to develop a solo transition. Using first maracas, then a shaker to maintain the flow, he evoked a serendipitous accident in a bell factory, crashing cymbals together, then holding them just above his drum heads to modulate and vary the reverberation, all purveyed with a crisp propulsive snap. This fascination with the clang of struck metal is one of the most distinctive and appealing aspects of Noble's percussive profile, in bountiful evidence throughout. After a few minutes Edwards began to accompany the drummer, scraping his bow below the bridge in creaking counterpoint. As the pyrotechnics ignited, the bassist deployed the handle of his bow to extract a frenetic elastic twanging as he plucked, developing repeated patterns to impart momentum to a duet which elicited whoops of approval from the packed house.
As it happened the entire evening drew enthusiastic response from the predominantly young standing room only throng. Though they entreated the trio for an encore they were rewarded only with reiterated bows until Brotzmann was moved to a short speech, thanking the musicians, Cafe Oto, and finally the audience for coming out in such numbers. Such a reception bodes well for future residencies, with a mouth-watering program in store featuring Matthew Shipp, McPhee (once again) and the Sun Ra Arkestra over the succeeding months.