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Peter Brötzmann – Paal Nilssen-Love Duo; Thursday, November 14, 2013

Peter Brötzmann – Paal Nilssen-Love Duo
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz Center

“… the music ebbs and flows – moods changing, rhythms shifting…” – JazzTimes

Peter Brötzmann’s longstanding involvement in Europe’s spontaneous improvisation movement was the inspiration for his nickname, “The Godfather of Free Jazz.” Now in his seventies, the maverick saxophonist teams up with top Scandinavian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love for a duo trip into uncharted musical territory, a place where anything can happen on the spur of the moment. According to Pat Metheny, Paal is one of the best musicians he has heard in years, a percussionist of unstoppable inventiveness. And Brötzmann, himself, shows no signs of slowing down. He is as committed now to his unconventional melodic vision as he ever was. Long Story Short is Brötzmann’s most recent CD release.

Brötzmann, born in 1941, in Remscheid, Germany, was initially interested in a career as a painter and graphic artist, but his love for American jazz led him onto another path. He was a teen-aged student at the Art Academy of Wuppertal when he saw the legendary soprano saxophonist Sydney Bechet perform. Inspired by the legendary New Orleans expatriate, Peter dove head first into a self-taught study of the saxophone family. Like one of his American mentors, the late Steve Lacy (another pioneering avant gardist), Brötzmann’s first playing experiences were in Dixieland bands, which gave him a practical grounding in the roots of jazz and some experience in collective improvisation. But by the mid-’60s, the budding young saxophonist was heavily involved with the avant garde innovations taking place in Europe and America. In short order, he was performing with a number of high profile creative musicians, including Michael Mantler and Carla Bley; and Alexander Schlippenbach’s Globe Unity Orchestra. In the ’70s, he continued to widen his associations, performing and recording with Fred van Hove; Han Bennink; Don Cherry; and Albert Mangelsdorff. Brötzmann also embraced the influence of electric instruments and the fusion of freeform improvisation with rock. During the ’80s, he was a member of Last Exit with electric bassist/producer Bill Laswell; drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson; and guitarist Sonny Sharrock, a successful blend of heavy metal and free jazz.

As an established artist, who has played with almost every important free jazz musician of the last five decades, Brötzmann’s teaming with up-and-coming drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love is as interesting a collaboration as he has ever done. Nilssen-Love practically grew up in a Norwegian jazz club run by his parents. By age 20, he was considered one of the top drummers in Europe with the ability to handle any musical style. Very much in-demand, Paal regularly juggles a half-dozen musical projects and ensembles at any given time, including his own solo percussion project and the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet. Down Beat magazine called Paal, “one of the most innovative, dynamic and versatile drummers in jazz!” Now, in this stripped-down duo format, Nilssen-Love’s drumming abilities are front and center, juggling rhythms with Brötzmann’s melodic inventions. Sometimes serene, sometimes cacophonous, the Peter Brötzmann/Paal Nilssen-Love Duo creates improvised soundscapes with a purposeful, sure sense of direction, providing a rewarding listening experience for the adventurous of spirit.

Peter Brötzmann – Paal Nilssen-Love Duo

DATE: Thursday, November 14, 2013
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227 

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan
(831) 427-2227

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