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Not much has set the jazz community more on its collective ear as when Peter Brotzmann and the rest of his European free jazz associates recorded Machine Gun in May of 1968. Finally released by Atavistic, F**k de Boere includes two live cuts from that seminal early group at the Frankfurt Jazz Festival. Opening with "Machine Gun," recorded in March of 1968, Peter Brotzmann and his group blast away at what was to become the landmark recording a few months later in the studio. At this time, the group included an additional saxophone player, Gerd Dudek. This version finds itself a bit more playful than Machine Gun's version, not quite as menacing or brooding; the structure is the same, here favoring the longer take, but the interplay and overlap between the instruments is not as urgent. What it lacks in attack, however, it makes up for in improvisation, enthusiasm, and sheer genius of the composition. The second cut, "F**k De Boere," is itself an audio tornado, buzzing around relentlessly until it breaks down a bit around five minutes in. This was recorded live in 1970 and included the use of four trombonists and the perfectly experimental Derek Bailey on electric guitar. Complete with shouting and animal calls, this number ranges from ambient-like textures to bombastic, split-second punches and involves every possible combination of instrumentation. Every player is on board this amazing journey of a piece, from Fred van Hove's organ-pounding to Han Bennick's cathartic, relentless percussive impulses. "F**k de Boere" winds to a swirling, sea-sickening ending among triumphant squelches and scattered helpless melodies, only to succumb to a final yelp of Brotzmann's horn. Just under 55 minutes for the entire album, and it's certainly nothing short of stunning.


Born: 06 March 1941 in Remscheid, Germany

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Nearly four decades after his death, the legacy of Albert Ayler is plain — a plethora of reed-biting aural contortionists bent on exploiting the saxophone's propensity for making sounds that resemble a human scream. Many such players, unable to play anything resembling a coherent melody, rely instead on the extreme manifestations of the Ayler technique; their playing is more often than not a randomly executed wall of energy and emotion-driven white noise. Peter Brötzmann, on the other hand,...
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