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Peter Brötzmann

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

Karacho!

Label: Euphorium Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Karacho!

The Catch Of A Ghost

Label: I Dischi Di Angelica
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Catch Of A Ghost; Almost With The Sun; Sound That Shimmers; Dip And Dive.

Tongue In A Bell

Label: Weekertoft
Released: 2020
Track listing: Tongue In A Bell; Falling Out Of All The Towers Of Space; Eyes Wide.

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Azar Lawrence Has Paid His Dues...Two times

Read "Azar Lawrence Has Paid His Dues...Two times" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Tenor and soprano saxophonist Azar Lawrence has been one of the most dynamic and spiritually-charged reed players of the post-John Coltrane generation. Lawrence forged his sound in the fires of the Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner bands in the 1970s and, for nearly five decades, he has performed and recorded with the best musicians in the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Brötzmann / Maâlem Moukhtar Gania / Hamid Drake: The Catch Of A Ghost

Read "The Catch Of A Ghost" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Nearly a quarter century after recording The “WELS" Concert (Okka, 1997), saxophonist Peter Brötzmann reconvened a three-continent trio to deliver a remarkable set of ecstatic-trance music. His European free jazz met American drummer Hamid Drake and African Gnawa music master Maâlem Moukhtar Gania at the AngelicA, Festival Internazionale di Musica in Bologna, Italy in 2019. Same ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Michelangelo Scandroglio e Simone Quatrana a Empoli Jazz 2020

Read "Michelangelo Scandroglio e Simone Quatrana a Empoli Jazz 2020" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Michelangelo Scandroglio Quintetto e Simone Quatrana Piano Solo Empoli Jazz 2020 Empoli Giardino del Torrione di S. Brigida 6.8.2020 Empoli Jazz ha pervicacemente resistito alle misure restrittive post-pandemia e--pur con posti ridotti e minori date--non ha abdicato alla sua edizione 2020, che presentava in chiusura un doppio concerto, che aveva ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Brötzmann / Paul G. Smyth: Tongue In A Bell

Read "Tongue In A Bell" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There are only a handful of pianists the great reedist Peter Brötzmann has worked with. Back in the Machine Gun (FMP, 1968) days it was Fred Van Hove at the keyboards. Then there was Misha Mengelberg and Alexander von Schlippenbach, plus those Berlin sessions with Cecil Taylor, and the new millennium recordings with Japanese pianist Masahiko ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeb Bishop Flex Quartet: Re-Collect

Read "Re-Collect" reviewed by John Sharpe

Trombonist Jeb Bishop doesn't have a whole slew of leadership dates to his credit in spite of being active on the scene since the early 1990s. His most high profile gigs have been as part of the Vandermark 5, and also Peter Brötzmann's Chicago Tentet, though he also has Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra and the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bonjintan: Dental Kafka

Read "Dental Kafka" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The sophomore effort by Akira Sakata's quartet Bonjintan, which translates into “ordinary person" might actually be better interpreted as “egalitarian." Notice that neither the quartet's name nor the album cover mention the saxophonist's name. Like the initial, self-titled 2017 release on Sakata's Daphnia Records, Dental Kafka focuses on a quartet sound and four equal musicians improvising. ...


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