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Brötzmann, Pliakas, Wertmüller 

Full Blast

Since the release of his acclaimed 1968 album, Machine Gun, Peter Brötzmann has pushed free jazz into deeper, darker realms of raw, visceral expression. Full Blast arrives nearly 40 years after his chaotic beginnings. After all these years he still tussles with the same fiery and aggressive drive. The album's five untitled numbers were recorded live with the rhythm section of Michael Wertmüller (drums) and Marino Pliakas (electric bass). The simple pairing of Brötzmann's teeth-gnashing skronk with bass and drums draws out new dimensions of body for his typically high-end squalls. The group doesn't experiment with new musical form, but dives head-first into Brötzmann's dogged jazz dirge with a simple, powerful rhythmic chatter that underscores what makes Brötzmann such a brilliant artist – from a slightly different angle. 4 stars.

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