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EXCLUSIVE! FIRST-EVER DIGITAL RELEASE ANYWHERE! (FMP 0420) http://www.fmp-label.de/freemusicproduction/labelscatalog/fmp0420.html . DIGITALLY REMASTERED. The first duo album between jazz titans Brotzmann and Bennink finds them a playful mood, showing off their virtuosic range with forays into viola, piano, clarinet, and banjo! Their musical interactions are deft and constantly surprising, like brilliant magicians who move effortlessly from one astonishing trick to another.
All compositions by Brötzmann/Bennink, except 4, by Bennink, and 9, by Brötzmann.
released October 31, 1977
"The duo uses conventional instruments (ss, as, ts, cl, b cl, p, dr, vla, bjo) on ten duets divided into 'Music In the Evening 1-5' and 'Music In the Afternoon 1-5'. What these two kindred spirits can do with their instruments is astounding, and if you’ve yet to hear them, this is an excellent introduction." --Cadence
"This album deserves a place in anybody’s collection for its title alone (English translation: “Half a Dog can’t piss”). The music exudes the same air of whimsicality; the improvisations having less to do with organic interaction than with gags and tricks devised to catch one’s partner with his pants down. The pieces are wound up like clockwork toys, and then quickly disposed of before their magic overstays its welcome." -Jazz Forum
Peter Brötzmann: soprano, alto, tenor saxophone, b-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, piano
Han Bennink: drums, piano, viola, banjo, bass clarinet
1 & 2 recorded live by Bernhard Arndt on April 8th & 9th, 1977, during the Workshop Freie Musik at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
3, 4, 5 & 6 recorded by Jost Gebers on March 6th, 1977, at the Quartier Latin in Berlin.
7 to 10 recorded by Jost Gebers on March 27th, 1977, at the Quartier Latin in Berlin.
Produced by Jost Gebers
CD mastering by Olaf Rupp
Cover design by Peter Brötzmann.
Photographs by Peter Brötzmann and Dagmar Gebers.