A seminal set from the European free jazz scene of the 70s – and a record that may well represent the start of a key second chapter of all players involved! While the key tension of many early Peter Brotzmann
albums have the saxophonist trying to push his instruments past their normal sonic limits, the approach here is different – in that all of the crazed, complicated, and dissonant sound bursts seem to be based on a stop/
start dynamic – real back/
forth energy that has the players trading off in a sometime whimsical manner – but still with all the raw power you'd expect! The group seems to be enjoying themselves, too – with lots of weird, borderline oddball reed sounds approximating animal calls, rolling piano lines that seem to be ironic riffs on boogie woogie and rock, and odd tonal shifts that really keep things interesting. The trio
features mighty drums and a range of unusual percussion from the great Han Bennink – who also knows how to allow for space as well – plus Brotzmann
on alto, tenor, baritone, bass sax, and clarinet – plus Fred Van Hove on celeste and piano. Titles include "For Donaueschingen Ever", "Nr 7", "Gere Bij", "Konzert Fur 2 Klarinetten", and "Paukenhandschen Im Blaubeerenwald".