Wild Mans Band, The
The Darkest River
Label: Ninth World
Released in: Denmark
"This is the fourth in a series of recordings by The Wild Mans Band, the second and third with guests: trombonist Johannes Bauer and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, and this with guitarist Pierre Dørge.
The music is freely improvised, its energetic, linear character harkening back to the free jazz world of Frank Wright and Albert Ayler. Not surprising considering the history of Peter Brötzmann. Since his legendary recording, Machine Gun, 35 years ago, early recorded evidence of a new European improvised music, he has maintained and cultivated his personal brawny brawling style.
His use of various wind instruments creates selective attitudes through their inherent characters; his taragota insinuating the middle east, his bass clarinet described by "Aeolus" the mythic god of wind, and his alto and tenor saxophones persistently rough and strident.
This of course is not a one man band, as is clear from the marvellous interaction among them all. Pierre Dørge's experience in many music forms - his guitar ranging from lazily loping crystalline soundscapes to the occasional scorching squall resting on the edge of free rock - contributes considerably.
The centre-piece of this recording, the extended "Biolumescence" 19:10 - the other seven songs ranging in time from 2:25 to 9:31 - could conceivably be perceived as a suite. A delicate, melodic, song-filled line with a ghostly interior that progressively expands through Dørge's guitar into skittering rapid fragments that eventually peak in a conflagration of ferocious energy.
Magnificent music"-Bill Smith, Vancouver Jazz
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Label: Ninth World
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Recorded May 2001 at Ninth World Studios.
Peter Brotzmann-taragot, bass clarinet, alto, tenor saxophone
Peter Ole Jørgensen-drums
Peter Friis Nielsen-bass
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1. Eastern messenger 7:15
2. Old men's pleasure 9:31
3. The darkest river 5:08
4. Aeolus 4:13
5. Nostromo 5:20
6. Bioluminescence 19:10
7. Dead water 8:59
8. Rafting 2:25