Brötzmann – Swell – Nilssen-Love October Tour Announced
By Kato Bookbird
The recording documents a tour de force performance from their second tour this past April at the world-renowned Copenagen Jazzhouse in Denmark. This trio slashes through with the energy and vitality sorely needed in improvised music today while staking out new territory and language consistent with the combined experience of these three world class improvisers. Their concerts leave no stone unturned in their quest for making relevant, imaginative music for the 21st Century. The musicians are ever happy to be touring once again performing in Czech Republic, Germany, France and making their maiden voyage to Israel.
Excerpt from Martin Schray's concert report – Manufaktur Club in Schorndorf:
On April 22nd they were back at Schorndorf’s Manufaktur, a place they had really rocked the year before. That gig presented Swell as a trombonist who was able to go against Brötzmann’s melodies and lines and the other way round, it reminded of Brötzmann’s Pica Pica album (with Albert Mangelsdorff and Günter "Baby" Sommer). The interaction was extraordinarily immediate and spontaneous, the three were almost dueling one another. No wonder the club was packed again and the audience might have expected more of the same – but then most of the music turned out to be quite different. The performance consisted of two pieces (the first one 48 minutes long, the second one nine) plus an encore and presented the trio as a real unit that has obviously grown after several concerts. The musicians understood each other instinctively, they played absolutely tight. Duos interrupted the usual trio performances, but especially the solos structured the concert. Brötzmann’s solo parts were alternating between wild and angry passages – particularly on tenor he used split and overblowing notes – and intimate and subtle ones when he was on clarinet and tarogato. Nilssen-Love used his solo to lay into a manic African groove, while Swell integrated classic jazz and hard bop phrases to fan the flames. Some of the trio parts reminded of the great free jazz days of the 1970s when Brötzmann threw in his typical phrases in his characteristic vibrato-laden tenor sound. Read Full Review
For additional reading, please visit the Brötzmann – Swell – Nilssen-Love artist page.