SOUTHEAST DEBUT OF GERMAN LEGEND PETER BROTZMANN'S NEW TRIO!
For 40 years German saxophone legend Peter Brotzmann has exemplified European improvised music. His work includes collaborations and recordings with Last Exit (with Bill Laswell, Sonny Sharrock and Ronald Shannon Jackson), Evan Parker, Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg, and the Die Like a Dog project (with William Parker, Hamid Drake and Toshinori Kondo), his homage to Albert Ayler. On this occasion his associates will be bassist Marino Pliakas (Switzerland) and drummer Michael Wertmueller (Switzerland/Germany) who have previously played together in KK Null's band as well as with bassist William Parker.
"Brotzmann lays down sloping mountains of the post-Ayler blowisms you'd never mistake for anything else, while Wertmuller adds the kind of frantic/restrained combo drumming one might expect to hear in a band like Ruins. Pliakas is the blue blood coursing through the veins of the unit, steering the band in every direction from speed-reading through and on to molasses lullabyes (but usually only for a brief instant). Brotzmann's upper-register gasps sound like a chihuahua with severed vocal chords and double up at rapid pace as the first track comes to a close, only to segue perfectly into a tense bass rumble from Pliakas to open untitled number two. Pliakas' dizzying rhythms remind me of Meshuggah's Fredrik Thordendal which is especially bizarre considering Thordendal plays guitar. But I find this whole disc to have a very "metal"-like atmosphere throughout...then again Brotzmann's always been more metal than half the jokers in the genre anyway."