Peter Brötzmann, Fred Hopkins, Rashied Ali: Songlines
Avant Jazz / Free Improvisation / Avant-Garde
premiera polska: 2022-09-26
opakowanie: Gatefoldowe etui
freejazzblog.org * * * * 1/2:
Are there any advantages in the new (remastered) edition compared with the older release, and how does the older format of LP stand up in comparison to the new release in the newer format of CD? (I hope you’re still with me.) As a recording, Songlines is a slightly mixed bag. Taken from two performances, presumably at different venues, there’s a difference in sound quality. On some tracks it’s clear and open, on others rather muffled with Ali’s cymbals sometimes nothing more than a background haze, probably due to microphone placement. The remastering (not remixing) can’t completely remedy such matters but there’s been an increase in levels and overall gains in clarity and definition. On 180g vinyl, the usual advantages are present: Hopkins’ bass is deeper and firmer, instrumental textures are more vivid and there’s extra sparkle and air in the cymbals. There are also the disadvantages of vinyl: the title track, at just over 25 minutes, is spread over sides three and four and the running order of tracks two to four is different.
By Colin Green
"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."
BY Kevin Whitehead
"... a pleasing alternative to the often documented crash-and-burn side of Brötzmann’s work."
BY Richard Cook
AllMusicGuide * * * * 1/2:
"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."
BY Thom Jurek
Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings: 4 Stars
Peter Brotzmann: tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, tarogato; Fred Hopkins: double bass; Rashied Ali: drums. Recorded by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers, October 30 and 31, 1991, in Berlin. First released on FMP as FMP CD 53 in 1994. In perhaps the most understated performance of his entire career, German saxophone giant Peter Brotzmann played in a trio with American free jazz legends Fred Hopkins and Rashied Ali back in 1991 at the now mythical Total Music Meeting…. Brotzmann appears to have been in awe on this date so great is his restraint. There are literally no passages in the entire concert where he attempts to push his way through the rhythm section to get to the other side. No mean feat when you consider the man's powerful personality both on and off the stage. But Hopkins was a founding member of Air with Henry Threadgill, and Ali, of course, played with John Coltrane. Given these proceedings with their haunted, hunted, beauty, it would be fair to say that - even on his own compositions - the mighty Brotzmann was humbled in the presence of these great musicians. Does that mean he was humbled by them? Hardly. Brotzmann's playing here is so fiery and lyrical, so completely focused on his rhythm section that he turns harmonies on their heads and finds intervals in places where the only thing that should be happening is free blowing. He is the band's leader by the force of that lyricism and restraint. He makes room for the other players to move through and around him rather than behind him. His sheer 'musicality' is wondrous. Hopkins and Ali are no strangers to each other - there is telepathic communication; the shift from one modality to the next is seamless and grounded, each player by the other. 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 Brotzmann's career in particular.
Peter Brötzmann: Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tárogató
Fred Hopkins: Double Bass
Rashied Ali: Drums
1. No Messages 12:38
2. Old Man Kangaroo 10:22
3. Man In A Vacuum 9:19
4. ... It Is Solved By Walking 8:29
5. Songlines 25:17
6. Two Birds In A Feather 4:44
wydano: January 25, 2016
nagrano: Recorded on October, 30.+31. 1991 in Berlin.
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