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Peter Brötzmann

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Born Remscheid, Germany on 6 March 1941; soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxophones, a-clarinet, e-flat clarinet; bass clarinet, tarogato. Peter Brötzmann's early interest was in painting and he attended the art academy in Wuppertal. Being very dissatisfied with the gallery/exhibition situation in art he found greater satisfaction playing with semi-professional musicians, though continued to paint (as well as retaining a level of control over his own records, particularly in record sleeve/CD booklet design). In late 2005 he had a major retrospective exhibition jointly with Han Bennink - two separate buildings separated by an inter-connecting glass corridor - in Brötzmann's home town of Remscheid. Self-taught on clarinets, he soon moved to saxophones and began playing swing/bebop, before meeting Peter Kowald

Album

Bambule!

Label: Euphorium Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Bambule!; Bambule Again!

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Article: Album Review

Dave Rempis: Chrysopoeia

Read "Chrysopoeia" reviewed by John Sharpe


Recorded at Krakow's legendary Alchemia just two days before Znachki Stilyag (Aerophonic Records, 2020), on the same European tour, the power trio Ballister comprising saxophonist Dave Rempis, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, demonstrates an astonishing level of consistency in terms of both energy and excellence. Chrysopoeia constitutes the triumvirate's tenth release over some dozen ...

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Article: Interview

Phil Freeman Talks Jazz in the 21st Century

Read "Phil Freeman Talks Jazz in the 21st Century" reviewed by Tyran Grillo


If music journalism had an award for honesty, it would belong firmly on the shelf of Phil Freeman alongside his latest book, Ugly Beauty. And if I had a choice about the design of said award, I might opt for a gold-plated boxing glove to symbolize the gut punches his words deliver. Not because his approach ...

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Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith: The Emerald Duets

Read "The Emerald Duets" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The pioneering British photographer/author Val Wilmer said of Wadada Leo Smith, “he no longer relates to the restrictions of scales and chords. To him, music is about two things only: sound and rhythm." Her assessment, from the essential book As Serious As Your Life (Allison & Busby Ltd, 1977), was published in 1977. But in the ...

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Article: Chats with Cats

The Conference Producer: Peter Schulze

Read "The Conference Producer: Peter Schulze" reviewed by B.D. Lenz


Who would ever imagine that just being able to hold a professional conference would be a victory in itself? Post-Covid, that's true for all kinds of gatherings including one held every April in jny: Bremen Germany. Jazzahead is an international assembly of all facets of the jazz industry and a place for this niche community to ...

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Article: Album Review

Zoh Amba: O Life, O Light Vol. 1

Read "O Life, O Light Vol. 1" reviewed by John Sharpe


Since relocating to NYC from Tennessee, twenty one year old tenor saxophonist and flautist Zoh Amba has been keeping fast company. On her debut O Sun (Tzadik, 2022), in a sign of affirmation label boss John Zorn guests on one track, while O Life, O Light continues in the same vein as she helms a heavyweight ...

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2022

Read "Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2022" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain


Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville Various Venues Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada May 19-22, 2022 The weekend of May 19-22, was the first time since 2019 that artistic director Michel Levasseur and the team at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV, or Victo, as it is ...

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Article: Album Review

Alberto Pinton: Good Idea

Read "Good Idea" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Solo instrument recordings were at one time a rare occurrence, but with advancements in recording technology, the barriers to recording have been lowered. They are no longer the anomaly they once were. This solo baritone saxophone performance by Alberto Pinton, though, was paved years ago by the likes of Roscoe Mitchell, Peter Brötzmann, and Anthony Braxton. ...

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Article: Album Review

Ballister: Chrysopoeia

Read "Chrysopoeia" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It is difficult to imagine a Ballister recording having its origins in any setting other than a live performance. The trio of saxophonist Dave Rempis, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love fuels each performance with the audience's energy on all their recordings, including Chrysopoeia, their tenth. Not that the trio could not produce their music ...


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