4

Peter Brotzmann/Paal Nilssen-Love: A Fish Stinks From The Head

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Peter Brotzmann/Paal Nilssen-Love: A Fish Stinks From The Head In his seventy-second year, Peter Brötzmann shows no signs of decline. The fire-breathing saxophonist and hero to all free jazz musicians embarked on yet another tour, releasing this limited edition recording (only 400 copies) with a silk screened cover A Fish Stinks From The Head with drummer Paal Nilssen-Love who is 33-years his junior.

Recorded in April, 2013 at Cafe OTO in London, the two- track disc packs a Herculean blast into just 33 minutes of music. But then, connoisseurs of such matters know this. The saxophonist has recorded many stunning duets with drummers. Early on, in the 1970s, there were sessions with Dutch swinger Han Bennink. What followed from there were duos with Sabu Toyozuni Live In Japan (improvised Company, 1982), Hamid Drake The Dried Rat Dog (Okka, 1995), Walter Perkins The Ink Is Gone (BRÖ, 2003), Michael Zerang Live In Beirut (Al Maslakh, 2005), Nasheet Waits Live At The Bottle Fest (BRÖ, 2005), and a disc with drummer turned vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz Going All Fancy (BRÖ, 2012).

Nilssen-Love is a worthy partner for such endeavors, having recorded with Brötzmann's bands, the quartet Hairy Bones, the Chicago Tentet, and in the trio ADA with Fred Lonberg-Holm. The two have released two prior discs, SweetSweat (Smalltown Superjazz, 2008), and Woodcuts (Smalltown Superjazz, 2010).

The title track kicks off like a wildfire, Brötzmann's tenor yowling over the furious drumming of Nilssen-Love. The pair threaten complete combustion for the first half of the track. Next, the saxophonist lays out for the drummer's solo which recruits Brötzmann to switch to his taragato, and a more earthy sound. When the drummer pauses, Brötzmann's solo prowls, employing goose honks, as Nilssen-Love works cymbals and smaller parts of his kit. What appears to have begun as contretemps, ends with an agreeable snaking consensus.

The shorter (at 10:20) "Range Of Night" opens with a gentle saxophone passage and mallets on drum and cymbals. For lack of a better term, this "ballad" begins softly enough, before it unleashes Nilssen-Love's arms and legs, wielding sticks in a most physical campaign in alliance with the eternal sounds of Brötzmann's horn.

Track Listing: A Fish Stinks From The Head; Range Of Night.

Personnel: Peter Brotzmann: tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, b-flat clarinet, taragato; Paal Nilssen-Love: drums.

Title: A Fish Stinks From The Head | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: BRO


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends CD/LP/Track Review Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Heaven On Their Minds CD/LP/Track Review Heaven On Their Minds
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Unnatural  Events CD/LP/Track Review Unnatural Events
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Rediscovered Ellington CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by James Nadal
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Clean CD/LP/Track Review Clean
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 15, 2017
Read Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations CD/LP/Track Review Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 15, 2017
Read "Every Time You Touch Me (I Get High) / Silver Linings / Take Me / Rollin' With The Flow" CD/LP/Track Review Every Time You Touch Me (I Get High) / Silver Linings /...
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 1, 2016
Read "America's National Parks" CD/LP/Track Review America's National Parks
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 10, 2016
Read "Illustrations" CD/LP/Track Review Illustrations
by Dave Wayne
Published: September 7, 2016
Read "Mata Hati" CD/LP/Track Review Mata Hati
by Ian Patterson
Published: July 29, 2017
Read "Esse" CD/LP/Track Review Esse
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 5, 2017
Read "Nerve Dance" CD/LP/Track Review Nerve Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 2, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.