Monday, February 25, 2013

Peter Brotzmann - Long Story Short (Trost, 2013)

In 2011, saxophonist, clarinetist and visual artist Peter Brotzmann was given the opportunity to curate a music and art festival in Wels, Austria to mark the occasion of his 70th birthday. He invited some of his favorite colleagues, and had the musicians play in settings old and new while the tapes rolled and the music for this remarkable package were captured. Brotzmann does not play in every ensemble but he is responsible for bringing the musicians together and inviting such longstanding groups as the DKV Trio with saxophonist Mats Gustafsson sitting in to up the ante. Brotzmann’s legendary Chicago Tentet has two sets, one with the great Danish saxophonist John Tchicai sitting in, and then a very moving performance dedicated to those affected by the Fukushima disaster. Brotzmann is represented in some fascinating settings including a nearly mainstream context with bassist Eric Revis and drummer Nasheet Waits. Full Blast is a riotous completely improvised trio where Brotzmann is driven onward with strong drums and overdriven electric bass. Vibist Jason Adasiewicz has become a frequent collaborator of late and he and Brotzmann play a fascinating textural set in a trio format. Long Story Short -

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