Peter Brötzmann’s Solo Album Reviewed

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Saxophonist Peter Brötzmann is well-know for his fierce marathon performances with a wide range of collaborators. His best-known album, 1968’s Machine Gun, is regarded as a landmark in European free jazz. On his latest solo album, I Surrender Dear, recorded in a Vienna studio in 2017, he journeys deep into the past—jazz’s, and his own. Sticking to the tenor sax for the album’s full 57 minutes, he explores standards which have been recorded dozens if not hundreds of times since the 1930s and ’40s, like the title track (which appears in two versions), “Lover Come Back To Me,” “Con Alma,” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” He also turns out versions of slightly later pieces, like the 1957 Sonny Rollins composition “Sumphin,” Dutch pianist Misha Mengelberg’s “Brozziman,” and two of his own compositions, “Dark Blues” and “Churchsong.”