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The trio of reedist Peter Brotzmann, drummer Nikolai Yudanov and guitarist Sakari Luoma performing at Kerubi Club in Joensuu, Finland during their 1999 in Finland, passionate and powerful improvisation.

Yudanov / Brotzmann / Luoma
Fryed Fruit

Yudanov / Brotzmann / Luoma: Fryed Fruit (Red Toucan)
Label: Red Toucan    
Released in: Canada    

"In a genre of music often heralded for its socialistic potential, saxophonist Peter Brötzmann might be the artist who most truly realizes those ideals. Active for three-plus decades, the bristly German reedmaster has led his share of energy-laden ensembles; yet, even at this point in his career, Brötz still enthusiastically participates as a member of several one-off collectives and even occasionally as a sideman. Fryed Fruit, released by the reinvigorated Red Toucan label, captures Brötzmann in one these collective free-for-alls-accompanied by the venerable Russian drummer Nikolai Yudanov and young Finnish guitarist Sakari Luoma in an hour-long flight of ecstatic fancy.

The music resulting from this meeting is old-school energy music, classic in every sense. Brötzmann rifles through his arsenal of reeds with customary, paint-peeling finesse, starting out on tenor, then switching to tarogato for "Xanadu" and "Around the Circle." Similarly, Yudanov maintains the vigorous pulse-tearing it up with Sunny Murray-esque glee while simultaneously keeping an ear open to subtlety. Luoma's guitar work vacillates between brilliant and questionable; his contributions to the music's quieter interludes come off as slightly meddling (as in the introduction to "Xanadu"), but his chunky phase-shifted power chords consistently urge the trio to heavier plateaus.

Brötzmann's ballsy wail yelps immediately to life on the opening "Monkey Wrench"; and it's only a matter of minutes before the trio locks together at full-bore intensity. "Red, White & Yellow" takes a little longer to gather steam over Luoma's tentative volume-swelled guitar, but the subsequent tenor/drums duo section resuscitates the music's flow with hotheaded poise. "Xanadu" wastes much time getting back to the tried-and-true freakout level that, once it's reclaimed, finds Luoma serving up a volley of frayed notes to reinforce Brötzmann's iron-lunged sustain. "Around the Circle" is the set's apex, slowly building from malfunctioning cassette chaos to a frenetic outpouring as Brötzmann proceeds to split his tarogato tones like a speedfreak lumberjack. "Fryed Fruit" seems almost an afterthought-Luoma tries on his Van Halen and McLaughlin hats for over half the piece until Brötzmann effectively silences him with astounding hunks of raw tenor.

While I can't claim this trio's approach to be much more than one-dimensional, their primitive energy packs such a resounding wallop that it's difficult to fault them for a lack of diversity. And even though it might be more delicacy than staple in a well-balanced musical diet, Fryed Fruit definitely won't leave a bad taste in any free jazz lover's mouth."-Scott Hreha, One Final Note

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Peter Brotzmann
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Product Information:

UPC: 620675136967

Label: Red Toucan
Catalog ID: RT 9316
Squidco Product Code: 18039

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2001
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live at the Kerubi Club, Joensuu, Finland on June 8th, 1999.


Nikolai Yudanov-drums

Peter Brotzmann-reeds

Sakari Luoma-guitars

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Track Listing:

1. Monkey Wrench 8:26

2. Red, White & Yellow 11:37

3. Xanadu 12:59

4. Around The Circle 8:55

5. Fryed Fruit 10:58