292

Peter Brotzmann: Lost & Found

Nic Jones By

Sign in to view read count
Peter Brotzmann: Lost & Found It's important to point out that this is Peter Brötzmann entirely solo on various reeds because, with this particular advocate of the free, the solo context has always amounted to something entirely different to his group work. As an unaccompanied soloist, he has always been an antithesis of Evan Parker's seamless flow on soprano sax in particular, as if Brötzmann's accommodation within the moment is of a radically different order.

That's best highlighted here by ..."Got A Hole In It," performed on tenor sax, not least because this one also highlights how Brötzmann has tempered his use of vibrato, as if passing time has prompted inevitable reflection. His breathiness conjures up past visions of (of all people) Ben Webster coming into the audio picture—if Webster had ever tackled the Thelonious Monk songbook, that is.

If it hasn't been said before that Brötzmann's approach to the clarinet is as unique as that of anyone on this planet then it can be said here. On the title track, his tone is singular enough to suggest another instrument altogether, whilst his lyricism, something which again is often not apparent in his group work, also comes to the fore. In its more animated moments, however, the music is almost a soundtrack for any free radicals there might still be out there. It's proof, too, of how important the clarinet's range is to his instrumental conception. Within this piece alone he assumes a trio of voices because of it, all of them having a magnetic identity in common.

Brötzmann has only added the alto sax to his inventory in recent times, but it's clear on "Internal Rotation" that, in doing so, he's taken to the horn like a man for whom individual expression transcends the instrument. There's the same light and shade to be heard here as there is elsewhere, but here the animated passages conjure up only the man's own past, as if the fire hasn't so much dimmed as merely changed the color of its flames. The blast is, however, just as invigorating as it's always been and, because of this, Brötzmann can now indeed be seen as the old-fashioned modernist referred to in the accompanying booklet notes. In times like these there are far worse things to be.


Track Listing: Internal Rotation; Lost & Found; Universal Madness; ...Got A Hole In It; Turmoil.

Personnel: Peter Brotzmann: alto sax, tenor sax, b-flat clarinet, tarogato.

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: FMP Records | Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde


Shop

More Articles

Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "The Long Road" CD/LP/Track Review The Long Road
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 30, 2016
Read "Backlog" CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald" CD/LP/Track Review The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald
by Edward Blanco
Published: May 21, 2016
Read "Billows Of Blue" CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "Crystal Moth" CD/LP/Track Review Crystal Moth
by Glenn Astarita
Published: January 1, 2017
Read "Narrante" CD/LP/Track Review Narrante
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 7, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!