BROTZMANN CLARINET PROJECT - Berlin Djungle
[Atavistic / Unheard Music Series,
www.atavistic.com]

PETER BROTZMANN / PETER FRIIS NIELSEN / PETER UUSKYLA - Medicina
[Atavistic,
www.atavistic.com]

It's always a thrill to hear what new things Peter Brotzmann is getting his hands on, and it seems that lately, floodgates have been wide open on a multitude of his releases.
1984 was a fruitful year for Peter with a couple of outstanding releases - one solo and the other one involving a large ensemble. "Berlin Djungle" is Brotzmann's tribute to the clarinet, an instrument he loves but doesn't all that often use in his work. Six clarinet players take center stage in this lavish production - Tony Coe, J.D. Parran, E.L. Petrowsky, Louis Sclavis, John Zorn and of course, Peter Brotzmann himself. These six are complemented by two trombonists – Hannes Bauer and Alan Tomlinson, trumpeter Toshinori Kondo, along with the power-house rhythm section of bassist William Parker and percussionist Tony Oxley. Without a doubt, this is a more-or-less organized chaos session. Momentums build slowly and develop into huge mountains of sound where everyone is basically told "Gentlemen, start your engines". When I say that this is a chaos session, I'm not exactly telling the whole story. There are too many moments of quiet beauty to recall. For instance, I love these serene passages where two or three of the clarinet players talk amongst themselves. It's really a wonder to hear just how much wonder can be produced in a huge bunch of improvisers and noise-mongerers such as this one. However, I will warn you, when it gets loud, it gets extreme. Well, maybe not as extreme as Brotzmann's "Machine Gun" days, but nonetheless, the energy is powerful. With that said, "Berlin Djungle" seems to be an exercise of two extremes - the composed with the free, the furious with the humble. Brotzmann's record with two Swedes "Medicina" is an entirely different affair. This session was recorded last year in Sweden, I would probably gather at the invitation of the rhythm section of drummer Peter Uuskyla and bassist Peter Friis Nielsen. Although there are credits given to individual members of the trio, I will guess this was more of an improvised powerhouse session, rather than sheet music gathering. Brotzmann almost recalls his days with Bennink and Van Hove, as his blowing is very direct, crisp and of course, very bold. Not one passage is wasted with useless soloing or ego-tripping. This is a trully collaborative effort. Yes, Brotzmann is the star [or else his name wouldn't stand out in the headlights on the album cover], but the rhythm section shines as well. These two have played for a long time with one another, and it shows. There is real coherence here, real determination to put this music across to the listener and most of all, real gusto! Big bravos go to all three players. Without moments such as "Medicina", improvised music of today would be left with a void. Real no-bullshit music for this plastic world.

Tom Sekowski


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+ Jacek Kochan - One Eyed Horses
+ Dezerter/ Tzn. Xenna/ Armia/ Tilt/ Siekiera/ KSU - 22 Polish Punk Classics
+ Kapela Ze Wsi Warszawa - Wykorzenienie
+ Pink Freud - Jazz Fajny Jest; Ludzie - Sopot Surround
+ Peter Kowald - Duos - Europe. America. Japan
+ Orkiestra św. Mikołaja - O miłości przy grabieniu siana
+ Evenfall - Still In The Grey Dying...
+ Holy Death - Forever Burning Ashes
+ Avulsed - Gorespattered Suicide
+ Celebratum - Instinct
+ Inactive Messiah - Inactive Messiah
+ Hetman - Do Ciebie Gnam
+ Delight - Od Nowa
+ Devilyn - 11
+ Sayag Jazz Machine - Anachromic
+ Beltaine - Drzewo i kamień
+ Schisotosma - Moment
+ Henry Flynt - Purified by the Fire
+ Masaki Batoh - Collected Works 95-96
+ Muslimgauze - Chapter of Purity
+ Archie Shepp - Attica Blues
+ Sear Bliss - Glory and Perotion
+ Scorngrain - Cyberwarmachine
+ Venedae - Dekada Słowiańskiej Supremacji 1993 - 2003
+ Misteria - Masquerade of Shadows
+ Nów - Nowia
+ Vermouth - Na Krawędzi
+ Insidius Infernus - Eyes In Astral Abyss
+ Dub Buk - Idu na wy!
+ Andruchowycz/ Trzaska/ Mazolewski/ Moretti - Andruchoid
+ Ernesto Rodrigues/Alfredo Costa Monteiro/Guilherme Rodrigues/Margarida Garcia - Cesura
+ Ernesto Rodrigues/Guilherme Rodrigues/Manuel Mota/Jose Oliveira - Assemblage
+ Moby - Hotel
+ Urszula Dudziak - Ulla-la
+ Mia Doi Todd - Manzanita
+ James Taylor - Carthage Milk
+ Stereo Total - Do The Bambi
+ Some Paths Lead Back Again
+ Matthias Schaffhauser - Coincidence
+ Infinite Scale - Sound Senser
+ Quasimodo Jones - Robots And Rebels
+ Le Professeur Inlassable - Lecon No. 1
+ Populous - Queue For Love
+ Ben Nevile - Joseki
+ Mikkel Metal - Close Selections
+ Frank Martiniq - Little Fluffy Crowds
+ Inaqui Marin - Klinischtod
+ Linky - Quiet Rooms
+ LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
+ Andreas Heiszenberger - Drum And Bass
+ Further - Electroc Soul
+ Electronicat - Voodoo Man
+ Titonton Duvante - Voyeurism
+ Deadbeat - New World Observer
+ Daedelus - Exquisite Corpse
+ Son Of Clay - Two Abstract Paintings
+ Captain Comatose - Up In Flames
+ Ellen Allien - Thrills

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+ DENMAN MARONEY - Fluxations; WHAT WE LIVE - Quintet for a Day
>> BROTZMANN CLARINET PROJECT - Berlin Djungle; PETER BROTZMANN / PETER FRIIS NIELSEN / PETER UUSKYLA - Medicina
+ MORRISSEY - You are the Quarry
+ BO VAN DE GRAAF - Ticket; VARIOUS ARTISTS - Brazilian Beats 6; LAWRENCE ENGLISH - Ghost Towns; CHRIS CUTLER - Twice Around The Earth
+ WILLIAM BASINSKI - Variations: A Movement in Chrome Primitive; WILLIAM BASINSKI + RICHARD CHARTIER - William Basinski + Richard Chartier
+ NATHAN MICHEL - The Beast; DAT Politics - Go Pets Go
+ LANGUIS - Unithematic; LANGUIS - The Four Walls
+ OKAPI - Where's the Beef?; VARIOUS ARTISTS - 45 Seconds of A Simballrec Compilation
+ ORGANUM - Vacant Lights / Rara Avis; ORGANUM / Z'EV - Tocsin -6 Thru +2
+ PHAROAH OVERLOAD - 3; ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. - Minstrel in the Galaxy; Does The Cosmic Shepherd Dream of Electric Tapirs?
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Radio Sumatra The Indonesian FM Experience; VARIOUS ARTISTS - Radio Phnom Penh; BROKEN HEARTED DRAGONFLIES - Insect Electronica From Southeast Asia
+ TICO MOON - Lento; NAOMI & GORO - Turn Turn Turn; NAOMI & GORO - Presente de Natal Bossa Nova Christmas; MOOSE HILL - Wolf Song
+ HEIST - A Shopkeeper Will Not Appear
+ ERIK GRISWOLD - Altona Sketches; ROD COOPER - Friction
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Nevermind - Glitterhouse is 20
+ JEFF GBUREK - Energariums; RICARDO ARIAS - Musica Global
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Earsugar Jukebox The Toy Sound of Earsugar
+ THE KRIS WANDERS UNIT - On the Edges of Silence
+ JAMES TAYLOR - Carthage Milk
+ CRIMETIME ORCHESTRA FEAT. BJORNAR ANDRESEN - Life is a Beautiful Monster; THE CORE - Vision
+ MAGNETIZE - Biome
+ MANDOG - Big Wednesday; MARBLE SHEEP - For Demolition of a Spiritual Framework
+ KAMMERFLIMMER KOLLEKTIEF - Absencen

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