Kategorie

Yatagarasu


  • Kod: MW8942
  • Producent: Not Two (PL)
  • Kod producenta: 5901549185577
  • Wykonawca: Peter Brötzmann / Masahiko Satoh / Takeo Moriyama
  • Nośnik: CD
  • Cena: 39,99 zł
  • Poleć produkt

Avant Jazz / Free Improvisation / Avant-Garde
premiera polska:
2012-07-05
kontynent: Europa
kraj: Niemcy
opakowanie: kartonowe etui
opis:

freejazz-stef.blogspot.com * * * *:
Improvised music in Europe has developed out of American free jazz, without the first musicians of that genre (and Peter Brötzmann is one of them) being simple epigones. Even his early works like his trio with Fred Van Hove (piano) and Han Bennink (drums) were bold and independent, yet unfinished sketches of a new music, a typical standing-on-the-shoulders-of-giants thing. This is why some improvisers, who claim the outstanding and ultimate originality of their music being only indebted to moment and interaction, are only partly right. Non-idiomatic improvisation is not reduced if you consider individual and genre-related history as parts of what is happening in this music. If Sigmund Freud was right and men do everything deliberately, then a reflection with consciously or unconsciously and inevitably used knowledge of musical history helps to create and understand this great, dazzling and wonderful network of contemporary free jazz.

Peter Brötzmann has always known that. In “Soldier of the Road”, a documentary about him, he says that he considers himself a “middle European guy” with all the history (and the clichés – even the negative ones) it brings with it. He knows that he is influenced by Sidney Bechet and Albert Ayler and Ornette Coleman (in other words: the blues), but also by German brass bands and political folk songs (as you can see in his version of “Einheitsfrontlied” with Van Howe and Bennink).

In all the reviews of this week you can see that there is a certain linearity and consistency in Brötzmann’s approach. On “Yatagarasu” he teams up with Masahiko Satoh (piano) and Takeo Moriyama (drums) which refers to his trio with Van Howe and Bennink (see above) and their seminal albums “Balls” (1970) and “Tschüss” (1975). Although Brötzmann has also released similar trios with Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink (“3 Points and a Mountain”), Alex von Schlippenbach and Sven-Ake Johannson (“Up and Down the Lion”) and Marilyn Crispell and Hamid Drake (“Hyperion”) over the years, this line-up is relatively rare in his work.

“Yatagarasu” is an almost classical album, an iconoclastic outbreak, just because Satoh’s and Moriyama’s ways of playing differ completely from those of the musicians mentioned above although both of them are Japanese free jazz veterans of Brötzmann’s generation as well. Especially Satoh draws on the unlimited resources of jazz history in a way – let’s say – Matthew Shipp does it as well. While Fred Van Howe is mainly a sound pioneer exploring the limits of the piano and Marilyn Crispell has a rather romantic approach somehow, Satoh’s playing is based on his education as a classical composer and on swing and modern jazz. Moriyama, in contrast, is a very skilled listener, trying to provide maximum back up for his comrades. His style differs from Bennink, who has always tried to include humorous and clownesque aspects, and Drake, who is deeply rooted in African-American jazz, in a way that he is reserved but absolutely determined and focused. In the end the trio somehow reminds me of Cecil Taylor’s band on his early release “Nefertiti, the Beautiful One has come”.

The album consists of two larger pieces (“Yatagarasu” – a three-legged crow representing the sun in Asian mythology – and “Icy Spears”) and two shorter pieces (“Autumn Drizzle” and “Frozen Whistle”), which are the actual highlights of the CD, especially “Frozen Whistle”, which is just a sketch, is of the utmost beauty. “YAT” is superb, conservative (in a positive way) free jazz.
By Martin Schray

jazzalchemist.blogspot.com:
The concert happened a year ago and it was one of the finest points of 2011 Autumn Jazz Festival. In fact it was one of the finest concerts of that year. Brotzmann, celebrating his 70th birthday, fresh out of the Wels Unlimited festival, brought to Krakow Masihiko Satoh (born 1941) and Takeo Moriyama (born 1945) from Japan. Marek Winiarski from Not Two, who introduced the trio, had said the the band's performance was the best one of the Wels Festival, and it was a promise the groups has mantained (more about the concert in itself in that old post).

The concert stormed and hurricaned with energy that would shamed legions of youngster's punk rock units. The music hits you right in the eyes. No prisoners allowed. And this energy transferred well onto the recording, while a more balanced and transparent sound reveals more subtle hues of the music.
The title track begins the cd with a 26 minutes long heroic battle. Then comes the "Ice Spears" whic for me is the centerpiece of the performance. It leaves more space for the unspoken, wandering first on the edge of harmonic quirkiness of piano chords, then moving into a beautfiull, soft and lyrical ballad is played on tenor. A surprising, almost relaxing moment of peacefullness that doesn't last too long as the sax timbre becomes heavy with vibrato, distortions, squeaks, squeals and furious cry. And the tension is built, and the speed is gathered till the music pierces the sky and no one is left standing.
Which only marks the middle of the half-hour long odyssey. And from the ruins they've left they try to build a new order. And the universal cycle may continue. This one track is worth the price of the cd. Once you've listened to it, you may fell like you've witnessed the rise and fall of at least two civilizations. More than that, not just witnessed, but experienced it. Brotzmann's music is as physical and direct and primal that it's as much a "real" experience one can have.
Two shorter tracks remain just to, firstly, pick up and crash what's left of your resistence ("Autumn Drizzle") and, secondly, calm your senses leaving just the darkness and silence around ("Frozen Whistle") disturbed only by the recorded applause.

At the age of 70 and having played music for almost a half of century, Brotzmann remains one of the heavyweights of the improvised music scene. And his music has not yet lost any of its uncomprimising, vital character. So, truth be told, you should know well what to expect. If you're in a mood for a bit of katharsis, this music is for you.
by jazzowy alchemic

jazzandblues.blogspot.com:
The great German free jazz saxophonist Peter Brotzmann (also playing clarinet and tarogato on this album) is joined by Masahiko Satoh on piano and Takeo Moriyama on drums on this exciting and frequently thrilling album which was recorded in November of 2011 in Krakow, Poland. The title track “Yatagarasu” leads off the album with wailing saxophone, piano and drums. It’s interesting to hear Brotzmann perform with a pianist, something that I have rarely heard him do. He even drops out, allowing for a piano and drums section before picking up the thread of conversation. This isn’t just slash and burn experience, but music that moves through different motifs and expressions. Brotzmann’s instantly identifiable sound conquers all, leading toward brilliant sections of interplay. The epic “Icy Spears” opens with the raw cries of Brotzmann’s torogato moving into full improvisation with the group. He moves to saxophone as the music moves into a jazzy and sultry feel before subtly rising back up with cries of passion, culminating in full bore free improvisation. This long performance is all about dynamism, from a flowing solo piano section to long lines of torrid free saxophone and drums interacting. They close of the performance with two shorter pieces, “Autumn Drizzle” and Frozen Whistle” with the former developing from probing piano and drums through to epic squeals and wails of saxophone, while the latter acts as a haunting coda to a most intense and impressive performance.
by Tim Niland

muzycy:
Takeo Moriyama: drums
Masahiko Satoh: piano
Peter Brötzmann: alto & tenor saxes, tarogato, B-flat clarinet

utwory:
1. Yatagarasu 26:20
2. Icy Spears 30:34
3. Autumn Drizzle 7:15
4. Frozen Whistle 3:24

wydano: 2012-07
nagrano: Recorded at the Manggha Hall, Krakow, Poland on November 8, 2011.

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more info2: www.peterbroetzmann.com
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