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Peter Brotzmann: Solo At Dobialab

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Peter Brotzmann: Solo At Dobialab Never at a loss for words (or, in his case, notes), saxophonist Peter Brötzmann is, nonetheless, one to speak only when necessary. Meaning, he chooses his sounds carefully.

On first blush this fire-breathing legend, who brought forth such monumental free jazz discs as Machine Gun (FMP, 1968), the 1970 session Fuck de Boere: Dedicated to Johnny Dyani (UMS/Atavistic, 2001), and his current monster electric noise band Hairybones, might appear loquacious, even unreserved.

But get a glimpse of his solo work. Beginning with Solo (FMP, 1976), 14 Love Poems (FMP, 1984) and the more recent Solo + Trio Roma (Victo, 2011), the great man demonstrates his restrained, muted, and daresay understated approach to music making.

Same for this live recording from the 2010 Dobiartebventi Festival in Staranzano, Italy. Never mind the crowd noise (who carries on a conversation in such an intimate setting?) or the motor scooters that occasionally roar by; this was a magical night.

Brötzmann, armed with a supply of instruments, opens on tenor saxophone. After a bellowing roar he settles into the eighteen-plus minutes of "Dobia 1," improvising off a repeated blues pattern. Is this a nod to American jazz? He sounds more like John Coltrane than John Butcher here. Switching to taragato and eventually B-flat clarinet, he works a more open- ended territory, searching for ideas without meter. These explorations, instant compositions, are sometime splattered via tenor or shifted and sorted with Brötzmann's overblown alto. His voice, that now recognizable speech, gets better and better with age.


Track Listing: Dobia 1; Dobia 2; Dobia 3; Dobia 4; Dobia 5.

Personnel: Peter Brötzmann: tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, tarogato, B-flat clarinet.

Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Dobialabel | Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde


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