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    Peter Brotzmann’s Chicago Tentet Plus Two “Broken English” [Okka Disc]

    Despite a leading gentle mantra guided by Hamid Drake’s vocal
    prayer, frame drum and soul…do not be deceived, this is
    **horsepower** jazz. Peter Brotzmann knows how to whip up a
    stampede. He rides into the fray with a gypsy’s tarogato,
    calming cycles to go with Drake’s dream chant… But just
    shy of six minutes, skyscrapers of sound shoot up through
    the idyll. Cue the lurching Longberg-Holm cello…unleash
    the dual drumheart of Zerang and Drake pumping at more than
    capacity, and the race has begun. Brotzmann has amassed
    some mighty thoroughbreds…plenty of NRG and BBQ to keep
    the fire music flaming…but “Stonewater” does have some
    stillness running deep in pockets. Ultimately it is the
    sputtering saxes that stand-out, I’m telling you I hear
    horses…lip-flipping, braying, raging stags. So even when
    we get a little clarinet soft-shoe around 18 minutes in,
    and then a very faint cello/bass duo, I’m waiting for
    the hoofs…which leap in almost like a bad edit. For all
    the fine playing, track one is acoustically imbalanced.
    The second tracks stays strong throughout, a nice brass
    oven at the end of its first third. The piece pauses
    for a trumpet soliloquy at 13:36 (McPhee?) then it’s
    over to Gustaffson for his pyrotechnique. Late in the
    piece a drum duet locks in, invites in a swinging set
    from the whole twelve and boom, a cliffhanger ending.
    Years of music barely fit into 67 minutes, escape words.
    Listen, follow one player for awhile, repeat..

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 9, 2005 at 11:11 pm
  • Filed as CD,Format,Jazz
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