Arrington De Dionyso, Mary Halvorson, Liturgy, Sightings, Peter Brotzmann & Pulverize The Sound
Call me a traditionalist, but Brötzmann's greatest ascension of the evening was his more hell-raising quintet set. He partnered with fellow reed men Ken Vandermark and Mars Williamsthe latter recalled as a member of The Waitressesamounting to a barrage of equally adept racket-sculptors. Even though this pair often transcended the sonic limits, there were several occasions when Brötzmann lurked silently to the side, only to weigh in at an opportune moment with headlong blasts that were even greater than theirs; this was not your typical septuagenarian. Drummer Paal Nilssen-Love was not as astonishingly intricate as usual, here depended upon to deliver a harder, less-detailed drive to ensure the group momentum. This was Brötzmann at his more predictable, but there was no finer way in which to climax this celebratory night. Anything less would have been an anti-climax.