Haazz & Company: Unlawful NoiseBy
Distilled from numerous hours of concert music recorded at Amsterdam’s BIMhuis the two performances present two halves of an unruly whole. The title piece opens in flood of spiraling reeds (predominately clarinets) and staccato shots from Moholo’s snare. Rising and falling in waves with crests of dissonant ensemble energy match troughs of comparatively calm individual improvisation the piece retains a startling density for much of its nearly half hour duration. During the passages where the horns Moholo and Bennink make a formidable pair on the percussionary front and the amount of noise they manage to scare leaves the exact architectures of their respective kits almost entirely to listener interpretation. Peter Bennink’s Uilleann pipes, which float above Hazevoet’s darting clusters make for another unusual ingredient in the tumbling mix of chaotic voices.
Stitched together through a series of ragged edits both pieces exhibit Frankenstein-like anatomy and the terse segues between sections mesh appropriately with the irregular contours of the music. The colorfully titled “Agitprop Bounce” charts a supersonic vertical path in its first few minutes arcing up through a tempest of scurrilous horns and ending up skipping across a marching rhythm supplied by Dyani and Moholo. Picking out who’s doing what amongst the thicket of horns can initially be daunting but Brötzmann soon barks out a hair-raising shout announcing his unmistakable presence. Later the momentum diffuses and the music unfurls in a halo of radiating horn voicings with Hazevoet’s keys and the drum kits of Moholo and Bennink boiling at the center. Following a tidal tack similar to the first piece the second is pocked by periods of relative calm amidst protracted aggression. Toward the close Brötzmann’s hoarse tenor splashes violently in a choppy sea of piano, clarinets and percussion ceasing surprisingly with a gradual fade into silence.
Hazevot eventually left improvised music entirely turning his sights to a distinguished career in academia. His absence from the Dutch scene derailed further musical additions to his resume, but rare records like this one attest that his contributions were far from fleeting. A solid fit for the self-proclaimed Unheard Music Series mission it’s a program deserving of newfound circulation.
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Unlawful Noise (28:12)/ Agitprop Bounce (23:57).
Kees Hazevoet- piano, Bb clarinet; Peter Bennink- alto & sopranino sax, bagpipes; Peter Br
Title: Unlawful Noise | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Atavistic Worldwide