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Boomkat Product Review:
A fine demonstration of iconoclastic reedsman, Peter Brötzmann’s (✝) legendary versatility and fire, in trio with Moroccan Gnawa master Majid Bekkas and Chicago’s Hamid Drake on drums, live at the 2022 Jazzfest Berlin
The posthumous presentation of ‘Catching Ghosts’ celebrates the legacy of Brötzmann (1941-2023), with documentation of the octogenarian rudely complementing the soulful holler and two-stringed, camelskin-backed guembre of Majid Bekkas and rolling swagger of Drake’s dervishing stick hits. In swingeing syncopation they stretch out on two cuts weighing in at over 14 minutes each, with Brötzmann’s blowing modal, Arabic sounding on Drake’s tumultuous calculations in ‘Chalaba’, while giving it more shredded free jazz licks underpinned by nimblest guembre bass plucks and sparing voice on ‘Hamdouchia’, Drake’s drums found more stepping, spry and propulsive.
We’re most taken with the simmering ace ‘Mawama’, where Drake’s rimshot and hi-hat spray harness the elastic guembre bass and Brötzmann comes barging in like the life and soul at an initially laid-back gathering, and then more tempered, wavey and sozzled in ‘Balini’.