The title's a very apt one – as saxophonist Peter Brotzmann somehow sounds even more soulful than ever – almost at a level that evokes John Coltrane and Albert Ayler with his searing, searching tones on the album's very long title track! "Soulful Available" is worth the price of admission alone – as Brotzmann blows this very spiritual tenor over bass from John Edwards and drums from Steve Noble – as all three players build intensity and resonate together, almost with a 60s ESP sort of vibe – quite different than usual for Peter, but really appreciated as well! Some of the more familiar Brotzmann sense of tone and timing come through on the album's two shorter tracks, both of which are great too – "Nail Dogs By Ears" and "Don't Fly Away". CD
A brilliant pairing of drums and cornet – and a record that's every bit as bold as the musicians who created it! Drummer Whit Dickey punctuates the sound here in great ways – sometimes snapping the kit with an infectious pulse, sometimes moving into gentler sonic realms – but always with an inventive style that hangs somewhere between the role of timekeeping and much freer modes – while Kirk Knuffke's cornet lines step out with a spacious sound of their own – often hitting a different time structure than Whit, or concentrating on a key sonic quality – before blowing off into new shapes and tones. The pairing almost feels as if Max Roach and Leo Smith cut a set of duets – and titles include "The Calling", "Fierce Silence", "Stalker", "Lodestar", "Legba's Dance", "Ashes", and "Leave It To The Wind". CD
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