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The Nearer the Bone, the Sweeter the Meat


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    (FMP 0690)
    The Wire recently called this trio with two legendary South African jazz musicians one of Peter Brötzmann's most essential albums! "Moholo's skipping gallop of rat-a-tat snare and high-tuned toms, accompanied by shouts and moans of ecstatic excitement, propels the set with terrific forward momentum. But what's most impressive is the trio's ability to ease off the volume and open up a more subtle sound palette, without ever letting the velocity or intensity flag." A must have!
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All compositions by Brötzmann/Miller/Moholo.


released October 25, 1979

"While much of the European scene at the time veered toward inexplicable intensity, this performance is reminiscent of players such as Pharoah Sanders, with a slow, steady build toward a musical inferno guided by a similar feeling of intense spirituality. Live recording of the concert is quite good, with drummer Moholo perhaps a trifle under-mixed, with highlights including the title piece and 'Kucken und Drücken,' both extended performances." - Eugene Chadbourne, AMG

"A very satisfying effort giving Brötzmann yet another context in which to explore his art." - Cadence

"What's most impressive is the trio's ability to ease off the volume and open up a more subtle sound palette, without ever letting the velocity or intensity flag. As Moholo drops down into a rapid patter, like raindrops on an upturned wooden bucket, Miller investigates abstract arco shapes, which find a natural resonance with Brötzmann's long, languid lines. The title track is a study in patience, with Miller's pizzicato details and Moholo's muted barrage guiding Brotzmann into a leisurely ascent from the lower registers of his bass clarinet, like thick coils of smoke slowly rising." -Daniel Spicer, The Wire

"The long tension arches, warmth and depth of interaction, as well as the inclusion of traditional Jazz elements result in a very communicative contemporary recording." - Jazz Forum

Peter Brötzmann: soprano, alto, tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
Harry Miller: double bass
Louis Moholo: drums

Recorded by Jost Gebers on August 27th,1979, at the FMP-Studio in Berlin.
CD mastering by Olaf Rupp.
Produced by Peter Brötzmann and Jost Gebers.

Cover design by Peter Brötzmann.
Photographs by Dagmar Gebers.


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