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Peter Brotzmann

Peter Brötzmann (born March 6, 1941 in Remscheid, Germany) is a German free jazz saxophonist.

Brötzmann is among the most important European free jazz musicians. His rough, lyrical timbre is easily recognized on his many recordings.

He studied painting in Wuppertal and was involved with the Fluxus movement, but grew dissatisfied with art galleries and exhibitions. He has not abandoned his art training, however: Brötzmann has designed most of his own album covers. He first taught himself to play various clarinets, then saxophones; he is perhaps the only jazz ...read more

Peter Brötzmann (born March 6, 1941 in Remscheid, Germany) is a German free jazz saxophonist.

Brötzmann is among the most important European free jazz musicians. His rough, lyrical timbre is easily recognized on his many recordings.

He studied painting in Wuppertal and was involved with the Fluxus movement, but grew dissatisfied with art galleries and exhibitions. He has not abandoned his art training, however: Brötzmann has designed most of his own album covers. He first taught himself to play various clarinets, then saxophones; he is perhaps the only jazz musician to play the tárogató. Among his first musical partnerships was that with double bassist Peter Kowald.

For Adolphe Sax, Brötzmann’s first recording, was released in 1967 and featured Kowald alongside drummer Sven-Åke Johansson.

1968 saw the release of Machine Gun, an octet recording often listed among the most notable free jazz albums. One critic has written Machine Gun offers “a heavy-impact sonic assault so aggressive it still knocks listeners back on their heels decades later..

The logistical difficulties of touring with an octet resulted in Brötzmann eventually slimming the group to a trio once again, the most notable and lasting one with Han Bennink and Fred Van Hove.

In the 1980s, Brötzmann flirted with jazz fusion and noise rock in the avant-garde supergroup Last Exit.

Brötzmann has remained active, touring and recording regularly. He has released over thirty albums as a bandleader, and has appeared on dozens more, with groups such as his Die Like A Dog Quartet (with Toshinori Kondo, William Parker and Hamid Drak. « hide

Similar Bands: Last Exit, Die Like A Dog Quartet, William Parker, Charles Gayle, Anthony Braxton

LPs
More Nipples
2003

3.5
1 Votes
Dare Devil
1992

3.5
1 Votes
No Nothing
1991

4
1 Votes
14 Love Poems
1984

3.5
1 Votes
Pica Pica
1984

2.5
1 Votes
Alarm
1983

4
1 Votes
Solo
1976

3
1 Votes
Nipples
1969

3.7
5 Votes
Machine Gun
1968

4
25 Votes
For Adolphe Sax
1967

4
5 Votes
Live Albums
Long Story Short
02/15/2013

3.8
5 Votes

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