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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


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Wasteland Jazz Ensemble: S/T

Read "S/T" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Some releases should come with a warning label. We are not talking about Tipper Gore (remember her?) Parents' Music Resource Center (PMRC) stickers warning of the dangers of ”Raising PG Kids in an X-Rated Society" of the late 1980s. No, the alert that should be attached to S/T by the Wasteland Jazz Ensemble might read something ...

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Matthias Schriefl: Geläut

Read "Geläut" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

La scena della musica improvvisata nell'area germanica, molto prolifica dagli anni Sessanta dello scorso secolo, con musicisti quali Manfred Schoof, Peter Brötzmann, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Günter Sommer, trova oggi in Matthias Schriefl un degno erede, certamente un protagonista la cui personalità è in grado di reggere il confronto con quella gagliarda generazione di creativi.


The Intellect Given Birth To Here (Eternity) Is Too Young

Label: Black Editions
Released: 2022
Track listing: LP1: Begging Your Pardon, Master Sokushinbutsu; You Have Sacrificed Your Body For Us But Things Continue To Worsen.LP2: The Beginning Or The End Which Will Be The First To Admit Its Opponent?; A Landscape Never Glimpsed Before Is On The Verge Of Manifestation. LP3: The Intellect Given Birth To Here (Existence); Is Too Young. LP4: The Wound That Lapses Into This World Can Sometimes Be Bigger; Than The Wound That Was Dropped Here.



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


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Zoh Amba: Bhakti

Read "Bhakti" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It may be an overused metaphor, but saxophonist Zoh Amba does indeed stand on the shoulders of giants. Proof of that phrase is Bhakti, a tour de force of passionate free jazz. The twenty—something artist draws on traditions born of the 1960s from artists such as Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, and Peter Brötzmann. Her ...


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Peter Brötzmann / Keiji Haino Duo: The Intellect Given Birth To Here (Eternity) Is Too Young

Read "The Intellect Given Birth To Here (Eternity) Is Too Young" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Forgiveness requested for referring to a lyric from Bruce Springsteen's composition “The Promised Land" to describe this duo recording by Peter Brötzmann and Keiji Haino: “There's a dark cloud rising from the desert floor/I packed my bags and I'm heading straight into the storm/Gonna be a twister to blow everything down/That ain't got the faith to ...


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Albert Ayler: At Slugs’ Saloon 1966 Revisited

Read "At Slugs’ Saloon 1966 Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto

With Albert Ayler it has seemingly always been “what If." What if he had survived that plunge to his death in the East River in 1970? Setting aside the question of whether he was murdered or committed suicide, how would he have altered the course of music if he lived beyond those 34 years? At the ...


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Paul G. Smyth & John Wiese: The Outlier

Read "The Outlier" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Outlier! by Paul G. Smyth and John Wiese is an ambient recording. No, it's a free improvisation set, or could it be industrial sound or noise? Yes, and yes again. Recorded before an audience in The National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland, this duo brings together pianist and Weekertoft Records label chief Smyth with the ...


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Big Bad Brötzmann Quintet: Bambule!

Read "Bambule!" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This set finds legendary free jazz innovator Peter Brotzmann leading his Big Bad Quintet, along with fellow German improvisational champions, keyboardist Oliver Schwerdt, drummer Christian Lillinger, bassist John Eckhardt and fabled British bassist John Edwards to round out a sweltering session, teeming with notions of turmoil, and enduring interchanges. Brotzmann is like a turbo-charged ...


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