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Originally released on CD in 2010 as part of the Special Edition FMP im Rückblick / FMP in Retrospect box set, here is an early, otherwise unavailable live set from Peter Brötzmann's Die Like a Dog quartet. Recorded the year after their self-titled debut, Close Up provides two mega-jams that extend the Ayler-ite excursions of the first record even further into the stratosphere. We're incredibly excited to be able to offer this addition to the limited Die Like a Dog canon.
"A previously unissued live recording of Peter Brötzmann’s quartet Die Like a Dog! At the 1994 Total Music Meeting. An excellent performance kicking off with Hamid Drake on tablas, then gaining in momentum and fierceness. For those who have recently crossed the quartet Hairy Bones (Brötzmann/Kondo/Pupillo/Nilssen-Love), go back to Die Like a Dog (Brötzmann/Kondo/Parker/Drake) and have fun comparing the rhythms sections’ styles. This is excellent fire music building between an interrogation and an assertion."—François Couture
Peter Brötzmann/Die Like A Dog Quartet
Peter Brötzmann: alto-, tenor- & bass saxophone, tarogato, a-clarinet, bass clarinet
Toshinori Kondo: trumpet, electronics
William Parker: double bass
Hamid Drake: drums, tablas
Recorded live by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers on November 16th, 1994, during the Total Music Meeting at Podewil in Berlin.
Mixed and mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Peter Brötzmann and Jost Gebers.
Booklet design/layout: Peter Brötzmann & Ali Tercan.
Photos: Dagmar Gebers
This album is a visceral experience. With the world spiraling as it has in the past couple of years this album has been one of the only sources to match the frenetic intensity of my internal landscape. It beautifully articulates the cascading nuances of heightened emotions and creates a language that goes far beyond the pale of mere words. A work of genius that isn’t shy to be what it is without a shred of pussyfooting. Past Tense Future, yes indeed. it’s a ripper! MORE M.G. ON VIYNL PLEASE! joe-country