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Borah Bergman/Peter Brötzmann/Frode Gjerstad: Left

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Left brings together a particularly uncompromising triumvirate of veterans in pianist Borah Bergman (who died in 2012), German saxophone icon Peter Brötzmann and Norwegian reedman Frode Gjerstad. Although all three recorded after this date in various combinations, this performance from the 1996 Molde International Jazz Festival was the threesome's first and only appearance together on disc. Gjerstad unearthed the tape while seeking an overview of old recordings and was struck by Bergman's contribution and especially his shining left hand, hence ...

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Peter Brötzmann / Heather Leigh: Ears Are Filled With Wonder

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Iconoclastic German reedman Peter Brötzmann has appeared in almost every conceivable combination and circumstance over the years, from the maelstrom of Last Exit to the austere horn choir of Sonore, via hook ups with almost everyone in between, counting such free jazz luminaries as Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton and Evan Parker. However on Ears Are Filled With Wonder, recorded during the German's residency in Krakow during November 2015, he finds an unlikely accomplice in Glasgow-based American pedal steel guitarist Heather ...

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Peter Brötzmann/Full Blast: Risc

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The Full Blast trio of saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, Marino Pliakas, and Michael Wertmüller get an injection of fervency with the electronics of Gerd Rische. As if they needed any more ferocity. Risc is the fifth official release by the trio, and follows the ambitious Sketches And Ballads (Trost, 2011). Like Brötzmann's Last Exit recordings of the 1980s, Full Blast is a return to an electric interface between the great man and his cohorts. Here, the electric bass of ...

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Defibrillator & Peter Brötzmann: Conversations About Not Eating Meat

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Imagine the fight posters we could create for the various musical boxing matches organized for saxophonist Peter Brötzmann. His profile picture would be facing a fellow competitor with all the relevant statistics--height, weight, reach, and age. The boxing poster image often comes to mind when he grapples with plugged-in artists and those dealing with electronics, as we have here. His newest collaborations signal a bit of a shift from the now defunct Chicago Tentet, to spread his sound ...

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Peter Brötzmann: Münster Bern

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One indisputable fact, there cannot be enough Peter Brötzmann solo recordings in this world. Okay, for those that might disagree, there are a few choice solo Brötzmann sessions that are a must. Count Münster Bern in that category. The saxophonist, a leader of the 1960s European free jazz movement and a Fluxus artist had released several solo studio sessions fifteen and twenty years ago. It has only been recently that he has allowed live dates to filter out. Prior to ...

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Konstrukt & Peter Brötzmann: The Message: Live At Kargart

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Breathe, just keep breathing, you tell yourself as the latest offering from the free jazz saviors spins on the turntable. Pressed in an edition of just 200 LPs, The Message: Live At Kargart is a treasure of sound. Actually it is more than just sound, it is an independent self-contained space craft carrying music from a future. A time once prophesied by the likes of John Coltrane & Rashied Ali, Frank Lowe, Sunny Murray, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, and ...

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Peter Brotzmann/Joe McPhee/Kent Kessler/Michael Zerang: Tales Out Of Time

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It is rare, in this new century, for us to look back at the significant recordings of living artists. The powers that be seem to always be pushing out new product to support a tour and get media attention. Then of course, once the artist has passed on, let the reissue series begin. Thank God for labels like Hatology and their commitment to keeping the music alive. This recording by Peter Brötzmann and Joe McPhee with bassist Kent ...

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Peter Brotzmann/Keiji Haino/Jim O'Rourke: Two City Blues 2

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The music of legendary jazz saxophonist Peter Brötzmann is at its finest when the great man has something to push against. Typically these performances find him collaborating with drummers like Hamid Drake, Paal Nilssen-Love, Steve Noble, or Nasheet Waits. The music is built upon a power-versus-power formula. The drummer bloodies his nose, and he's off--throwing roundhouse punches and haymakers. It's something altogether different, and just the same here, where he is in the company of two guitarists, Jim ...

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Peter Brotzmann/John Edwards/Steve Noble: Soulfood Available

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Listeners often ask where to begin listening to the music of Peter Brotzmann. Recording for nearly 50 years (yes, five-0), he has amassed a discography that totals nearly 300 recordings. Do you start back in the Machine Gun days and his work with FMP, fast forward to Material and Last Exit or his grand projects, the Chicago Tentet and Sonore with Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson? The answer is that his career is like a river. While you ...


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