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Emphasizing the lyrical aspects of free jazz, the superb trio of Peter Brotzmann on alto & tenor sax and taragato, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Rashied Ali on drums, recorded this album in 1991, now remastered to bring this exceptional music back to the foreground.

Brotzmann, Peter / Fred Hopkins / Rashied Ali

Brotzmann, Peter / Fred Hopkins / Rashied Ali: Songlines (Trost Records)

Label: Trost Records    
Released in: Austria    

"In perhaps the most understated performance of his entire career, German saxophone giant Peter Brotzmann played in a trio with American free jazz legends Fred Hopkins and Rashied Ali back in 1991 at the now mythical Total Music Meeting. . . . Brotzmann appears to have been in awe on this date so great is his restraint. There are literally no passages in the entire concert where he attempts to push his way through the rhythm section to get to the other side. No mean feat when you consider the man's powerful personality both on and off the stage. But Hopkins was a founding member of Air with Henry Threadgill, and Ali, of course, played with John Coltrane. Given these proceedings with their haunted, hunted, beauty, it would be fair to say that -- even on his own compositions -- the mighty Brotzmann was humbled in the presence of these great musicians. Does that mean he was humbled by them? Hardly. Brotzmann's playing here is so fiery and lyrical, so completely focused on his rhythmsection that he turns harmonies on their heads and finds intervals in places where the only thing that should be happening is free blowing. He is the band's leader by the force of that lyricism and restraint. He makes room for the other players to move through and around him rather than behind him. His sheer 'musicality' is wondrous. Hopkins and Ali are no strangers to each other -- there is telepathic communication; the shift from one modality to the next is seamless and grounded, each player by the other. There are six compositions on this record; it comes off as a very intense, extremely quiet kind of blowing gig, where this trio were looking to discover things about each other and the music they were making. As a result, it is one of the finest performances issued from that festival, and a landmark in Brotzmann's career in particular."-Thom Jurek, AllMusic

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Product Information:

UPC: 9120036682160

Label: Trost Records
Catalog ID: TROST 138CD
Squidco Product Code: 21697

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Austria
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Berlin, Germany on October, 30th and 31st, 1991 by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers.


Peter Brotzmann-tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, tarogato

Fred Hopkins-double bass

Rashied Ali-drums

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Track Listing:

1. No Messages 12:38

2. Old Man Kangaroo 10:23

3. Man In A Vacuum 9:20

4. .......It Is Solved By Walking 8:27

5. Songlines 25:17

6. Two Birds In A Feather 4:46

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