Peter Brotzmann & Hamid Drake
Kali. Z. Fasteau
fits that description and their previous outing as a duo (the in-studio Dried Rat-Dog, Okka Disk, 1998) marks a career highlight for both. Recorded live in Cleveland and issued as a concert memento in limited quantity, the four tracks on Brö-D ebb and flow as these free jazz encounters are apt to do. At one point, Brötzmann flirts with a gentle melody that soon dissolves, but it leaves you wishing the legendary fire breather would explore his gentle side more often. When that moment of beauty and repose reappears at the start of Track 4, it leaves you hoping the tape is rolling when Brötzmann decides to do his ballads tour.
Does Peter Brötzmann ever give a performance that isn't recorded? He shows up with his saxophones and tarogato, they roll tape and presto, there's another album. And since Brötzmann's approach hasn't really changed, it may be true that if you've heard five Brötzmanns, you've heard them all. Machine Gun. Brötzmann in front of an electric band. Something from the Die Like a Dog quartet. Maybe a solo disc. And one that pits him against a drummer capable of equal intensity. Hamid Drake
Tracks and Personnel
Tracks: Nr. 1; Nr, 2; Nr. 3; Nr. 4.
Personnel: Peter Brotzmann: alto & tenor saxophones, tarogato; Hamid Drake: frame & trap drums.
Tracks: Impulse; Cultivation; Swans' Flight; All Things; Mongezi's Laughter; Past Future Present; A Gift; Airstreams; They Speak Through Me; Melting Ice; Jumping on the Drums; From Above.
Personnel: Kali. Z. Fasteau: soprano sax, mizmar, flute, piano, voice, sanza, drums; Louis Moholo-Moholo: drums; Bobby Few: piano; Wayne Dockery: contrabass; Steve McCraven: drums.
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