All music by Brötzmann/Hopkins/Ali, except no. 6, by Peter Brötzmann.
released November 4, 1994
"For those who find Brötzmann’s balls-to-the-wall blowing rather wearying, Songlines should be a welcome change-up. Brötzmann is one of those Euro free improvisers who reject the jazz label - and swing is decidedly not his thing - but his all-American rhythm section brings out his bluesy and melodic side and Coltrane roots, all to the good. FMP’s a free-music label, but Ali and Hopkins play very much in the jazz tradition, the bassist even picking a folky, frankly Charlie Haden-y solo on “Two Birds in a Feather.” This is Brötzmann for folks who don’t like Brötzmann – and for those who do." -- Kevin Whitehead, Pulse!
"... a pleasing alternative to the often documented crash-and-burn side of Brötzmann’s work." -- Richard Cook, The Wire
"There are six compositions on this record; it comes off as a very intense, extremely quiet kind of blowing gig, where this trio were looking to discover things about each other and the music they were making. As a result, it is one of the finest performances issued from that festival, and a landmark in Brötzmann's career in particular." -- Thom Jurek, AMG (4½ stars)
Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings: 4 Stars.
Peter Brötzmann: alto & tenor saxophone, tarogato
Fred Hopkins: double bass
Rashied Ali: drums
Recorded by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers on October 30th & 31st, 1991, in Berlin.
Mixed by Jost Gebers.
Mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Jost Gebers