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Peter Brötzmann

Peter Brötzmann

Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake & William Parker Trio 

When: Fri., June 6, 9:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $20, $15 in advance
German free-jazz saxophonist Peter Brötzmann is allergic to stasis, and across a five-decade career he’s continually sought out new collaborators. In an interview published last year, he explained to music magazine the Wire why in fall 2012 he’d disbanded his long-running Tentet, one of the most powerful and potent groups in the history of improvised music: “For the audience even the routine is a kind of show, and they like that,” he said. “But it comes to a point where the band starts to fulfill expectations, and I think I hate that.” When Brötzmann encounters a new collaborator, it always seems to provoke in him a jolt of energy and surprise: he started playing with British drummer Steve Noble a few years ago, and on 2013’s I Am Here Where Are You (Trost) you can hear how excited they are to build on that relationship. That’s not to say Brötzmann is such a hard-liner that he’ll turn his back on musicians with whom he has long mutual histories—on occasion he still plays with drummer Han Bennink, and they first collaborated in the late 60s. This week he renews his partnership with one of the finest rhythm sections he’s ever worked with, bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake. Even at age 73, Brötzmann is a force of nature, and a rhythm section that wants to keep up with him needs stamina and resourcefulness—things Parker and Drake have in abundance. Though the two of them sometimes fall into familiar patterns together, no one can stay on cruise control long in Brötzmann’s fiery company. —Peter Margasak

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