(FMP CD 34/35)
The assaultive energy of Brötzmann's Machine Gun may be more famous, but his double-disc Live in Berlin has all that firepower plus finely honed detail and nuance. As an aesthetic achievement, it's even better than its famous predecessor. One of the absolute high water marks of the European scene.
Immediate download of 7-track double album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
"The most explosive aggregation playing Europe at the time. Orgiastic, ecstatic, rageful, religious, energy music – all the superlatives fit. Even the quietest moments tug on your neurons like a fishhook caught just under the skin. This is the kind of music that deservedly earned free jazz its most devoted followers." - Coda
"High-energy music that was above all things musical, full of terrible beauty and awe-inspiring energy. This is one of the best documents of the period on any continent." - All Music Guide
"It retains the flavor of that one vital drive to the wilder shores of improvisation in all its excitement and ferocity. This set documents a moment when they all mean it, all the time. A great reissue." - The Wire
Peter Brötzmann: tenor saxophone
Albert Mangelsdorff: trombone, voice
Fred Van Hove: upright piano
Han Bennink: drums, khene, vibraphone, kaffir-piano, dhung, dung-dkar, gachi, oe-oe, elong, home-made junk, voice, tins.
Recorded live by Eberhard Sengpiel on August 28th, 1971 (tracks 1-4), and August 29th, 1971 (tracks 5-7), during the Free Music Market at the Quartier Latin in Berlin.
Tape revision by Jost Gebers
Mastered by Jonas Bergler
Produced by Jost Gebers
Design/Layout: Peter Brötzmann
Photos: Dagmar Gebers
FMP first released the music on this double CD on three records in 1971 (Elements/FMP 0030; Couscouss de la Mauresque/FMP 0040; and The End/FMP 0050). The altered compilation presented here is equivalent to the two concerts given in Berlin on August 28th and 29th, 1971, and is drawn from the original tapes.
These concerts were the first given by the Brötzmann/Van Hove/Bennink Trio with Albert Mangelsdorff - except for a session that took place during the Total Music Meeting in 1970 at the Quartier Latin.