Peter Brotzmann / Peeter Uuskyla
Born Broke

[Atavistic, www.atavistic.com]

Last time I recall hearing tenor giant Peter Brotzmann and percussionist Peeter Uuskyla together was on a trio date [with percussionist Peter Friis-Nielson] entitled "Medicina". But that was released four years ago already and even this session can't be called fresh as the actual recording took place back in 2006 in Sweden. All that aside, what we've got here is a very intense duo - one that is willing to take chances. First disc of their meeting is over an hour's worth of a mixture of scorching blowing accompanied by perfectly timed rhythms. Though all pieces on the record are credited to Brotzmann, Uuskyla is permitted and encouraged to step out on his own path. Title track for instance, features an elongated brush-stroke solo that highlights a ton of outright melodic clarinet playing. When Brotzmann switches over to tenor on "Beautiful but Stupid", all fury breaks loose. Uuskyla keeps a persistently changing rhythmic pattern that only pushes his partner to blow at louder and more sheer volume levels. Real treat waits on the second disc which is made up of one single 38 minute track. "Dead and Useless" turns out to be more than just a free-for-all reed-drum duet. Brimming with narrative and a sense of adventure, the duo constantly challenges one another to switch gears and attempt new directions. Ever evolving and truly demanding, the music of "Born Broke" is rich in blues and jazz traditions, while keeping itself firmly rooted in improvisation. As should be expected, heart-wrenching music to get your blood flowing faster.

- Tom Sekowski


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