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Peeter Uuskyla / Tellef Øgrim / Anders Berg: Ullr

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Thirty years ago, the trio Power Tools made a one-off recording Strange Meeting (Antilles New Directions, 1987). The long out-of-print LP by Bill Frisell, Melvin Gibbs, and Ronald Shannon Jackson is on many a collector's want list. While only a short-lived band, its memory persists. It was for many, a perfect storm of free-metal-jazz music. If I had one wish, it would be for drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson (1940-2013) to still be with us. And Tony Williams. Okay, two wishes. ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Brötzmann / Peeter Uuskyla: Dead And Useless

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Nothing new, just better. Let me rephrase that, Dead And Useless is not a new recording by saxophonist Peter Brötzmann and drummer Peeter Uuskyla, it was taken from the 2006 Born Broke (Atavistic, 2008) session and was the second disc of a 2-CD set. It is, though, remastered here as a loving vinyl release (somewhere Mats Gustafsson is drooling) that is also available as a single CD with the artwork, as is now de rigueur, by the artist Peter Brötzmann.

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Brotzmann / Peeter Uuskyla: Born Broke

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German multi-reedist Peter Brötzmann, the grandfather of European free jazz, and Swedish drummer Peeter Uuskyla have been playing together in various line-ups for the past ten years. Although Brötzmann's dynamic range has expanded considerably since his early days as the fire-breathing author of the seminal Machine Gun (Atavistic, 1969), he hasn't lost any of his vivaciousness. Guided by the stalwart rhythmic focus of Uuskyla, the duo finds ample territory to explore throughout this double disc set.

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