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Reissue of the superb 1981 FMP album from the trio of Peter Brotzmann on sax and clarinet, Harry Miller on bass, and Louis Moholo-Moholo on drums, recording live in Berlin in 1980.

Brotzmann, Peter / Harry Miller / Louis Moholo
Opened, But Hardly Touched [VINYL 2 LPs]

Brotzmann, Peter / Harry Miller / Louis Moholo: Opened, But Hardly Touched [VINYL 2 LPs] (Cien Fuegos)
Label: Cien Fuegos    
Released in: Austria    

"[...] On Opened, But Hardly Touched, the Brotzmann/Miller/Moholo combination, displays the most accessible approach of the live trio recordings surveyed. An extemporaneous master who puts the spur in the spur of the moment, reedman Peter Brotzmann is surely one of Albert Ayler's most vital sons for his blowing stamina and savage sense of humor. Bassist Harry Miller and drummer Louis Moholo lend the muscle needed to anchor and counterpoint the saxophonist's wildest flights. Elsewhere associated with projects having a decidedly ethnic flavor, the two South Africans show off an earthiness that swings hard, in meter and out. The clarity of FMP's November 1980 recording beautifully underlines their contributions.

The boundaries between composition and improvisation are intentionally blurred. (...)The music's design suggests a certain inevitability as it effects pendular swings between quietness and intensity, solos and duets, microtones and staunch collective blowing. On the attractive opener, Eine Kleine Nachtmarie, Miller and Moholo pull rhythmically in and out of sync, juggling time against free sections, against the bleat of Brotzmann's soprano stand-in, the tarogato. Special Request For Malibu perhaps best reveals the sonic extremes. The spasmodic throes of Brotzmann on clarinet and tenor contrast with his big soft "flaps" of breath in duet with arco bass - as Miller plays sinuous near-electronic sonorities, between notes and white noise. Through all of the performances Moholo pushes, restless and jabbing, but with flexible touch."-Down Beat

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Product Information:


Label: Cien Fuegos
Catalog ID: CF 010LP
Squidco Product Code: 18664

Format: 2 LPs
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Austria
Packaging: Vinyl LP in a Gatefold Sleeve (2 LPs)
Recorded live by Jost Gebers on November 5th and 6th, 1980, in Berlin, Germany. Originally released on the FMP label in 1981.


Peter Brotzmann-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone,clarinet

Harry Miller-bass

Louis Moholo-drums

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Track Listing:


1. Eine Kleine Nachtmarie (12:41)

2. Trotzdem und dennoch (9:28)


1. Special Request for Malibu (22:20)


1. Opened, But Hardly Touched (21:08)


1. Double Meaning (22:32)

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