This year’s edition of the Vision Festival celebrates the high-flying art of Peter Brötzmann. The 70-year-old German saxophonist is known for the fierce power, textural extremis, and overwhelming passion that pours from his horn. From his early work in the late ’60s (the rad Machine Gun continues to turn many a head) to his recent Hairy Bones, the attack of his ensembles has been relentless. Uproar and polyphony mingle in his expressionistic aesthetic, and their combination has guided one of the most physical approaches to improvisation that jazz has ever heard (see the cracked rib quote below).
- Full Blast & Friends – Crumbling Brain (Okkadisk, 2011) *** (freejazz-stef.blogspot.com)
- Resonance Ensemble: Kafka In Flight (jazzwrap.blogspot.com)
- MARS WILLIAMS/KENT KESSLER/PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE TRIO – January 7, 7:30 p.m. (surroundedbyrealitymusic.wordpress.com)