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    Brotzmann, Peter / Nilssen-love, Paal – “Woodcuts” – [Smalltown Superjazzz]

    woodcuts
    Norwegian Woodcuts (well, recorded in Oslo during 2008), burnished by the
    smoldering sax/reeds of Mr Brotzmann. At 72, he’s one dragon with plenty
    of fire in the belly. While this album features plenty of ear-immolating
    work, I found in frequently tuneful. Dig the middle-eastern clarinet
    dreaming of a shenai to open “Glasgow Kiss” before it pushes the upper
    reaches that fly like a bird through gunfire. Does “Ye Gods and Little
    Fishes” end with an Ayler quote, or some kind of spiritual aire while
    Nilssen-Love rolls the toms. The two longer pieces, the title and “Rode
    Hard And Put Up Wet” both share a drum snare click and then right into
    furnace. The latter closes with a wistful recollection of “Song for
    Che.” “Knucklin” features the most tonal blitzing from Brotzmann,
    eventually leading to soft, sick duck call near sly silence. “Strong
    and Thin” hit me right between the ears, (did I hear Korean gongs?)
    Through-out I found myself wanting Nilssen-Love at the ready when I
    have to face a firing line and they need a drum roll while I’m
    finishing that last cigarette. Bang!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on November 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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