The Peter Brötzmann Octet
Free jazz lovers take note – Slowboy Records of Düsseldorf, Germany has reissued The Peter Brötzmann Octet’s legendary Machine Gun (1968) on LP in a limited run of 500. Here’s what I had to say about this record and here’s what Volcanic Tongue has to say about this reissue:
Beautiful deluxe reissue on heavy vinyl with 3 colour silkscreened tip-on sleeves of this seminal Central European free jazz blow-out from 1968, only Brotzmann’s second album as leader and still one of the founding documents of European improvisation. A parallel to John Coltrane’s epochal Ascension, Machine Gun combines ferociously aggressive ensemble playing that mimic the sounds of artillery with some incredible break-out soloing from Evan Parker, Fred Van Hove, Willem Breuker and Brotzmann. In between the walls of sheet metal there are occasional big band vamps that function as transports to earlier big band traditions as the group simultaneously honour and raze jazz tradition. The line-up is phenomenal, with the horns of Parker, Breuker and Brotzmann going up against two drummers – Han Bennink and Sven Johansson – two bassists – Peter Kowald and Buschi Niebergall – and pianist Fred Van Hove. Still one of the greatest free jazz sides ever recorded and central to any collection of free jazz. Can’t recommend this enough and this edition *sounds* better than ever. Edition of 500 copies and already sold out at source.
The original LP on FMP is hard to come by and not cheap (think $75 and up) and the CDs can run $25 and up so this looks like a sound investment. Run don’t walk…