Boomkat Product Review:
Highest grade honk, led by the beast from Wüppertal and flanked by Dutch and Belgian dynamos for a scintillating showcase of European jazz freedoms
Documenting raggo times with some of the best in the game circa 1974, ‘Jazz in der Kammer Nr.71’ spotlights the trio of Peter Brötzmann (tenor saxophon, clarinet), Fred van Hove (piano), and Han Bennink (drums, percussion) in tempestuous form at the Deutsches Theatre, Berlin, playing to a clearly receptive audience. For 80 minutes they characterise a distinctly European take on the US idiom with a frenetic yet fiercely disciplined dismantling of ragtime and free jazz, cutting loose as fuck while keeping semblance of the style underfoot.
Honking into the earshot with the air-shredding squeal and tonk of ’Schwarzspecht’ precipitating a proper atonal barrage, they rush off at blistering angles in ‘Filet American’, and lock into a hazardously swingeing groove for the 18 minutes of ’Der Mammutzahn Aus Balve’ and the wild-eyed raptures of ‘Boogie Fuer Fred’ at the recording’s white hot core, before necessarily paring back to sozzled dialogue between Brötzmann’s sax and van Hove’s keys in ‘Serieuze Serie’, and scything new paths for bolshy jazz refuseniks to come with the monstrous charge of ‘Involved’.
What a blast?!?!