Oto by Sonore.

Sonore was a trio of three titanic modern reed players: Peter Brötzmann, Mats Gustaffson, and Ken Vandermark.

Recorded live at the Cafe Oto in London, this album has everything you would hope for from these three masters of Squonk. My favorite section is probably one where Gustaffson and Vandermark are on Baritone Sax and Brötzmann counters them on Tenor. Practically feels like a knife fight.

There are some folky passages from Brötzmann on tárogató, a nice clarinet duo, and Gustaffson’s patented extreme skronk. No one gets much rest on this album.

All in all, it must have been a very lively night in Dalston!

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Two City Blues 2

Two City Blues 2 by Peter Brötzmann, Keiji Haino, and Jim O’Rourke.

The interesting thing about improv, is, well, sometimes something interesting just doesn’t happen. Which can be interesting, in it’s own uncomfortable way. But… The first, long, track on the second disc of Two City Blues starts with Brötzmann noodling out tones on Tenor, O’Rourke doing his best impression of country slide blues guitar, Haino on Shamisen and his patented shout-sing voice. O’Rourke moves through several guitar strategies, but for the first 15 minutes of this track, the musicians just don’t sound engaged with the music or each other. Fortunately, at around 17 minutes, the energy flow changes, somehow, and they turn it around for a blistering final 35 minutes.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #PeterBrötzmann #KeijiHaino #JimORourke

Two City Blues 1

Two City Blues 1 by Peter Brötzmann, Keiji Haino, and Jim O’Rourke.

Two Guitarists and a Brötzmann recorded live in Japan in 2010.

While the guitars are occasionally mellow, Brötzmann is in full roar mode for most of the 40 minutes of this recording. Tender, it is not.

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2017-06-15 The Nearer The Bone, The Sweeter The Meat

The Nearer The Bone, The Sweeter The Meat by Brötzmann/Miller/Moholo.

There is no shortage of great album titles among the Brötzmann records for FMP. Brain of a Dog in Section, Nipples, Machine Gun, Half a Dog Can’t Piss, etc. The Nearer The Bone, The Sweeter The Meat is particularly great, and a particularly great album. Recorded in 1979, a meeting between Brötzmann and two expat South African players, Louis Moholo and Harry Miller, proved especially fruitful. The sensitivity of Moholo and Miller allows Brötzmann to occasionally take his foot off the gas and play melodically, building drama and tension.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #freimusicproduktion #FMP #DestinationOUT #PeterBrötzmann#LouisMoholo #HarryMiller

2017-06-09 The Damage is Done

The Damage is Done by McPhee/Brötzmann/Kessler/Zerang.

An early tendency towards noir jazz, encouraged by Mr Kessler’s bass lines, leads towards some pleasantly lyrical passages from Brötzmann. However, when McPhee switches to Tenor, about 20 minutes in, the take-no-prisoners, two Tenor skronk-fest you were hoping for materializes. Invigorating.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #JoeMcPhee #PeterBrötzmann #KentKessler #MichaelZerang