Monday, February 3, 2014


Label: Jazzwerkstatt – jw056
Format: CD, Album, Reissue; Country: Germany - Released: 01 Aug 2009
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded at Bohus Sound Recording, Kungälv, Sweden on March 14, 1999.
The first realization: Slask Records – SLACD019; Sweden 1999
Artwork – Chris Hinze
Design – Klaus Untiet, wppt:kommunikation
Executive-Producer – Ulli Blobel
Producer [Original Album] – Peeter Uuskyla
Recorded By – Dragan Tanaskovic

Swedish cover (1999), Design – Andrew Cowie, Brötzm

"We all know what Brotzmann does; that astonishing burst of energy which seems to boil out of the bell of his saxophone, that extreme sensitivity masquerading as bully-boy macho antics. His is one of the most extraordinary voices on the instrument around, and although well- known, his real talents are regularly underreported because of a tendency to view his playing in terms of noise, punky high-volume confrontation and retro-Aylerisms.

Well, this disk isn't going to change that perception for those who are still in the dark about Brotzmann's towering achievements. Only one track, entitled "A Real Dilemma, This One", reminds us of his ability to play slowly, carefully, and with extreme sensitivity to the reed. As often happens, it's the tarogato which leads him into this more reflective frame of mind. But even that track is a slow-burning whiskey ballad which Brotzmann growls his way through as if looking for someone to start a fight with. That coiled energy is a part of what makes him so special; it's unlike anything else in the world, and the suspicious would do well to start here.

Elsewhere, then, the wonderfully barrel-chested sound of the Brotzmann tenor is allowed to roam free. Nielsen is a free jazz drummer, with Andrew Cyrille's ability to swing even when the pulse seems almost lost, but he's a much sparser player than that early generation with their attachments to ride cymbals still strong. He seems able to describe the rhythm of the music with the smallest of gestures; an extremely valuable player.

Uuskyla plays bass like a percussion instrument, hitting it hard and staying, for the most part, in the bottom register where pitch can come second to attach and articulation. He seems to really love playing with Nielsen -- this writer suspects they're a regular duo -- and Brotzmann audibly enjoys their company. In short, the three lock together tightly and cook.

Nobody works harder than Brotzmann, and he makes his playing partners sweat just as hard as he does. Fortunately, it seems that neither Uuskyla nor Nielsen is afraid of hard work, and they pitch in with the kind of muscular, driving free jazz which makes the reedsman feel at home. A twenty-minute piece which moves between furious blowing and gentle passages with a sense of inevitable destiny crowns an excellent and very generously filled-out CD. Fans will find it essential; if you haven't heard Brotzmann yet, here's where to get on the bus. Highly recommended."


Links in Comments!


  1. BRÖTZMANN, UUSKYLA, FRIIS NIELSEN – Noise Of Wings (1999)
    MP3@320(track 7, FLAC)+Artwork



  2. Splendid! Thanks as usual for your great work!

  3. More Brotzmann is always welcome . Thank you Vitko .

  4. To @ Madelaine:

    I removed all the controversial posts, but I have to tell you that you are not fair. I understand and your position, but ...

    This blog aims to promote certain musicians and their music . Many of them , unfortunately , are no longer among the living , and some albums have fallen into oblivion , especially those who have recorded before fifteen, twenty or thirty years , not to mention those from the seventies . Through this blog they are living again and in this way get a good advertisement and musicians and record companies.

    Younger admirers of the genre perhaps this is the only way to hear the " free jazz legends " that have played this totally non-commercial music even before their birth . This is all I do for the love and respect for the musicians and their music that inspires me for over thirty years. Whenever I could , I went to their concerts , buying their LPs , cassettes , CDs, supporting material , posters ... Today , the same thing I do with my son . Many musicians are my close friends .

    And in the end , I chose the MP3 format , which is good enough to give you a nice feeling listening to selected music , but if you want to truly enjoy it , you should buy the album , of course , if possible . This is also why I write those precise information regarding the footage . ( at least I think so ) ... yes, you know, some of the album is now impossible to get ...

    And another thing, all you possibly someone bothers to this blog, can tell on the nice and cultured manner, without harsh words and insults . Good people can agree on everything.


  5. thank you Vikto for all the beautiful material you are sharing here, without your great work, along the job done by other cool blogs, I would NEVER been able to know even the existence of some artist, music or albums. I have ALWAYS bought music and, even if right now my economy is going very bad, I will keep buying records forever. The blog is a great way to help the good music to get known and been promoted all over the world. I truly believe it.

    Vitko, you are an hero!