A much-needed reissue of the 2002 release from the quartet of Peter Brotzmann (reeds), Joe McPhee (sax, pocket cornet, trumpet), Kent Kessler (double bass) and Michael Zerang (drums & percussion) recording in the studio for incredible free improvisation from four titans.
Brotzmann / McPhee / Kessler / Zerang
Tales Out Of Time
Released in: Switzerland
"Patience and reserve, two manifestations of self-control. Solitary figures await their joint moment, let it come, don't rush it, don't drown it in samll-talk.Then when the time is right grab ahold and don't let it get away. Discipline has been your watchword. You've waited and when you eat the 2000-year-oldegg, it will be utterly scrumptious. For Zerang, Kessler, Brötzmann and McPhee, now's the time: peel back the rind, pop the cork, eat the egg."-John Corbett
"I always liked but never quite understood Neil Young's lyric that went something like this: "...are you ready for the country, 'cause it is time to go..." To call someone "country" is to say they are simple or at the very least not urbane. But I think Neil Young was speaking more of organics and getting back to authenticity, and genuineness. If my theory is correct, this disc by four members of Peter Brotzmann's Chicago Tentet is indeed a country album.
All four of these musicians have been working together in the Tentet, a gigantic composed/free undertaking that comes at you like a summer blockbuster movie. Where the Tentet is all about sculpted surges of power, this quartet sets about to make a free/ballad record with more modest ambitions.
In their modesty of approach, the quartet has made something quite synergistically large. Brötzmann and Joe McPhee are both known for their powerful display and energy, and both occasionaly get entangled in its trappings.Here they both acknowledge the dynamic but choose a less weighty interaction.
Chicago players Kent Kessler and Michael Zerang play a fine supporting role here. Kessler is adept at the heavy bottom plucking and the meditative bow. Zerang, for his part, contributes "Cymbalism" and some thoughtful hand-drumming on "Did You Still Love Me/Did I Ever?".
Highlights of this disc are a traditional piece, "Blessed Assurance," with all its nods towards Brotzmann's place as heir to Albert and Don Ayler's band; "From Now Till Doomsday," as an extended free meditation; and "In Anticipation Of The Next," McPhee's dedication to departed bassists Wilber Morris and Peter Kowald.
Quite patient in its approach, the quartet renders an amazing recording of music that announces this trip to the country."-Mark Corroto, All About Jazz
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Catalog ID: 733
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Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded June 19, 2002 at AirWave Studios, Chicago by John McCorthney.
Peter Brotzmann-alto,tenor saxophone
Joe McPhee-tenor saxophone, pocket cornet and trumpet
Kent Kessler-double bass
Michael Zerang-drums, percussion
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1. Stone Poem No. 1 3:16
2. Something There Is That Doesn't Love 6:01
3. Master Ofa Small House 7:22
4. Cymbalism 5:54
5. Alto Lightning In A Violin Sky 5:53
6. From Now Till Doomsday 6:46
7. Do You Still Love Me/Did I Ever? 12:07
8. In Anticipation Of The Next 6:09
9. Blessed Assurance 4:11
10. Pieces Of Red, Green And Blue 8:01
11. Stone Poem No. 2 2:24