Wie Das Leben So Spielt

by PETER BRÖTZMANN | WERNER LÜDI

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    One of Brötzmann's finest duo outings finds him reuniting with Swiss musician and childhood pal Werner Lüdi for a stirring series of short pieces. Their interweaving horns explore a variety of moods, offering everything from tender melodies to burring skronk.

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released August 21, 1990

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"The title of this disc translates roughly as "as we live, so we play," and in the case of these two hardy veterans of the European free jazz scene, one hardly doubts it. Werner Lüdi, though relatively little known, had been a mainstay of the Swiss music scene since the early '60s. He and Brötzmann had played together as youths in 1962 but not again until this 1989 meeting. For much of this live recording, the two operate at extremely high intensity; pieces like the lovingly titled "You Poor Old Sausage" and "The Divine Monosyllable" are white-hot outpourings of sound. Lüdi's alto has a liquid tone that contrasts nicely against Brötzmann's burr. Ruminations like "We Are in Schlemozzle," on the other hand, evoke the somewhat drunkenly melancholic reminiscences of old friends. Much of this album does in fact give the impression of eavesdropping on a private, if often ribald, conversation between a couples of warhorses who still retain a good deal of youthful fire. Wie das Leben so spielt is worth hearing not only as a solid example of Brötzmann playing in a horn duo situation, but also as a rare sample of the work of Werner Lüdi, who died in 2000, still very much under-recorded."
- All Music Guide

"'Wie das Leben so spielt' marks his meeting with Swiss altoist Werner Lüdi, who was shamefully obscure outside of European circles until his death in 2000. Lüdi’s alto tone is somewhat reminiscent of Trevor Watt’s, very melodic and appealing even when he pushes the envelope. The contrast with Brötzmann’s raw delivery is particularly helpful on a session that has no rhythmic support. Highly recommended."
- Free Jazz and Improvisation (book)

Peter Brötzmann: tarogato, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto & tenor saxophone
Werner Lüdi: alto saxophone

Recorded live by Jost Gebers during the Free Concerts series on September 27th, 1989, at the Townhall Charlottenburg in Berlin.

Mixed by Jost Gebers.
Mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Peter Brötzmann and Jost Gebers.

Booklet design/layout: Peter Brötzmann.
Photos: Jost Gebers

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