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Peter Brötzmann
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Brötzmann at the Moers Festival 2010
Background information
Born (1941-03-06) 6 March 1941 (age 81)
Remscheid, Germany
Genres European free jazz, avant-garde jazz, free improvisation
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone, clarinet, tárogató
Years active 1967–present
Associated acts Globe Unity Orchestra, Peter Kowald, Cecil Taylor, Last Exit, Derek Bailey, William Parker, Die Like a Dog Quartet, Sven-Åke Johansson, Evan Parker, Buschi Niebergall, Fred Van Hove, Han Bennink, Willem Breuker, Paal Nilssen-Love, John Zorn
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Peter Brötzmann, Buffalo, NY

Peter Brötzmann (born 6 March 1941) is a German saxophonist and clarinetist.

Biography

Early life

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Brötzman in Aarhus, Denmark 2015
Peter Brötzmann on tenor saxophone
Brötzmann on tenor saxophone, Minnesota Sur Seine, 2006
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Brötzmann at the Sonore concert, Lviv, December 2008
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Brötzmann in 2011

Brötzmann was born in Remscheid, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He studied painting in Wuppertal and was involved with the Fluxus movement but grew dissatisfied with art galleries and exhibitions. He experienced his first jazz concert when he saw American jazz musician Sidney Bechet while still in school at Wuppertal, and it made a lasting impression.

He has not abandoned his art training. Brötzmann has designed most of his album covers. He taught himself to play clarinets, then saxophones; he is also known for playing the tárogató. Among his first musical partnerships was with double bassist Peter Kowald. For Adolphe Sax, Brötzmann's first recording, was released in 1967 and featured Kowald and drummer Sven-Åke Johansson. In 1968 Machine Gun, an octet recording, was released. The album was self-produced under his BRO record label imprint and sold at concerts, but it was later marketed by FMP. In 2007 Atavistic reissued Machine Gun.

Career

Brötzmann has released over fifty albums as a bandleader and has appeared on dozens more. His "Die Like a Dog Quartet" (with Toshinori Kondo, William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake) is loosely inspired by saxophonist Albert Ayler, a prime influence on Brötzmann's music. Since 1997, he has toured and recorded regularly with the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet (initially an octet) which he disbanded after an ensemble performance in November 2012 in Strasbourg, France.

Brötzmann has also recorded or performed with Cecil Taylor, Keiji Haino, Willem van Manen, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, Conny Bauer, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love and Brötzmann's son, Caspar Brötzmann.

Discography

As leader

  • For Adolphe Sax (Brö, 1967)
  • Machine Gun (Brö, 1968)
  • *** (Calig, 1969)
  • Solo (FMP, 1976)
  • 3 Points and a Mountain with Misha Mengelberg (FMP, 1979)
  • Alarm (FMP, 1983)
  • Pica Pica (FMP, 1984)
  • Berlin Djungle (FMP, 1987)
  • Go-No-Go (FMP, 1987)
  • Low Life (Celluloid, 1987)
  • In a State of Undress with Jay Oliver (FMP, 1989)
  • Reserve with Günter Sommer (FMP, 1989)
  • No Nothing (FMP, 1991)
  • The Marz Combo Live in Wuppertal (FMP, 1993)
  • Songlines with Fred Hopkins (FMP, 1994)
  • Sacred Scrape with Gregg Bendian (Rastascan, 1994)
  • Nothing to Say (FMP, 1996)
  • Exhilaration with Borah Bergman (Soul Note, 1997)
  • Eight by Three with Borah Bergman (Mixtery, 1997)
  • 1/2/3 (Okka Disk, 1998)
  • Stone & Water (Okka Disk, 2000)
  • The Atlanta Concert with Fred Hopkins (Okka Disk, 2001)
  • Right as Rain (FMP, 2001)
  • *** de Boere (Atavista, 2001)
  • Organized Chaos with Nicky Skopelitis (Konnex, 2002)
  • Short Visit to Nowhere (Okka Disk, 2002)
  • Usable Past (Olof Bright, 2002)
  • Broken English (Okka Disk, 2002)
  • The Ink Is Gone with Walter Perkins (Brö, 2003)
  • The Inexplicable Flyswatter (Atavistic, 2003)
  • More *** (Atavistic, 2003)
  • Petroglyphs (Long Arms, 2004)
  • Live at Spruce Street Forum with Lisle Ellis (Botticelli 2004)
  • Tales Out of Time (HatHut, 2004)
  • Signs (Okka Disk, 2004)
  • Images (Okka Disk, 2004)
  • Be Music Night (Okka Disk, 2005)
  • Live at the 'Bottle' Fest 2005 (Brö, 2005)
  • American Landscapes 1 (Okka Disk, 2007)
  • American Landscapes 2 (Okka Disk, 2007)
  • The Fat Is Gone with Paal Nilssen-Love (Smalltown Superjazzz, 2007)
  • SweetSweat with Paal Nilssen-Love (Smalltown Superjazzz, 2008)
  • At Molde 2007 (Okka Disk, 2008)
  • Hairy Bones with Toshinori Kondo (Okka Disk, 2009)
  • Lost & Found (FMP, 2009)
  • Goosetalks with Johannes Bauer (Kilogram, 2010)
  • Mayday (Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2010)
  • Woodcuts (Smalltown Superjazzz, 2010)
  • Live in Wiesbaden with Jörg Fischer (Not Two, 2011)
  • Yatagarasu with Masahiko Satoh (Not Two, 2012)
  • Going All Fancy with Jason Adasiewicz (Brö, 2012)
  • Walk, Love, Sleep (Smalltown Superjazzz, 2012)
  • The Worse the Better (Otoroku, 2012)
  • Solo at Dobialab (Dobialabel 2012)
  • Solo & Trio Roma (Victo, 2012)
  • China Live 2011 (Jazzhus 2012)
  • Solid and Spirit (Nero's Neptune 2013)
  • Peter Brotzmann Alexander Von Schlippenbach Achim Trampenau (Carbon Edition, 2013)
  • Mollie's in the Mood with Jason Adasiewicz (Brö, 2014)
  • Whatthefuckdoyouwant with Sonny Sharrock (Trost, 2014)
  • Mental Shake (Otoroku, 2014)
  • Munster Bern (Cubus, 2015)
  • Beautiful Lies (Neos, 2016)
  • Machine Gun Alternate Takes (Cien Fuegos, 2018)
  • I Surrender Dear (Trost, 2019)
  • Karacho! (Euphorium, 2019)
  • No Nothing Alternate Takes (FMP, 2020)
  • Philosophy of Sound (Toshinori Kondo 2020)

With Han Bennink

  • Ein Halber Hund Kann Nicht Pinkeln (FMP, 1977)
  • Schwarzwaldfahrt (FMP, 1977)
  • Atsugi Concert (Gua Bungue 1980)
  • Still Quite Popular After All Those Years (Brö, 2004)
  • Total Music Meeting 1977 Berlin (Brö, 2006)
  • In Amherst 2006 (Brö, 2008)

With Die Like a Dog Quartet

  • Die Like a Dog: Fragments of Music, Life and Death of Albert Ayler (FMP, 1994)
  • Little Birds Have Fast Hearts Nos. 1 and 2 (FMP, 1998/1999)
  • From Valley to Valley (Eremite, 1999)
  • Aoyama Crows (FMP, 2002)
  • Close Up (FMP, 2011)

With Hamid Drake

  • The Dried Rat–Dog (Okka Disk, 1995)
  • Live at the Empty Bottle (Okka Disk, 1999)
  • Brotzmann & Drake (Brö, 2010)

With Mahmoud Guinia and Hamid Drake

  • The Wels Concert (Okka Disk, 1997)

With Milford Graves and William Parker

  • Historic Music Past Tense Future (Black Editions Archive, 2022)

With Fred Lonberg-Holm

  • The Brain of the Dog in Section (Atavistic, 2008)
  • Ouroboros (Astral Spirits, 2018)
  • Memories of a Tunicate (Relative Pitch, 2020)

With Last Exit

  • Last Exit (Enemy, 1986)
  • The Noise of Trouble (Enemy, 1986)
  • Cassette Recordings '87 (Enemy, 1987)
  • Iron Path (Virgin, 1988)
  • Köln (ITM, 1990)
  • Headfirst into the Flames (MuWorks, 1993)

With Harry Miller

  • The Nearer the Bone, the Sweeter the Meat (FMP, 1979)
  • Opened, But Hardly Touched (FMP, 1981)
  • Brotzmann & Miller (Corbett Vs. Dempsey 2007)

With William Parker

  • Nothung In (Tone Music 2002)
  • Never Too Late But Always Too Early (Eremite, 2003)
  • Song Sentimentale (Otoroku, 2016)

With Steve Swell

  • Krakow Nights (Not Two, 2015)
  • Live in Copenhagen (Not Two, 2016)
  • Live in Tel Aviv (Not Two, 2017)

With Fred Van Hove

  • Balls (FMP, 1970)
  • The End (FMP, 1971)
  • Elements (FMP, 1971)
  • Brotzmann/Van Hove/Bennink (FMP, 1973)
  • Free Jazz Und Kinder (FMP, 1973)
  • Tschus (FMP, 1975)
  • Outspan No 1 (FMP, 1975)
  • Outspan No 2 (FMP, 1975)
  • 1971 (Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2015)
  • Couscouss De La Mauresque (FMP, 2017)

With Wild Man's Band

  • The Wild Mans Band (Ninth World Music, 1998)
  • Three Rocks and a Pine (Ninth World Music, 1999)
  • The Darkest River (Ninth World Music, 2001)
  • Flower Head (Ninth World Music, 2007)
  • Fredensborg (Ninth World Music, 2015)
  • Live Kobenhavn 2009 (Ninth World Music, 2015)

With Sakari Luoma & Nikolai Yudanov

  • Fryed Fruit (Red Toucan Records, 2001)

As sideman

With Frode Gjerstad

  • Invisible Touch (Cadence, 1999)
  • Sharp Knives Cut Deeper (Splasc(H), 2003)
  • Soria Moria (FMR, 2003)
  • Live at the Empty Bottle (Circulasione Totale 2019)

With Globe Unity Orchestra

  • Live in Wuppertal (FMP, 1973)
  • Der Alte Mann Bricht ... Sein Schweigen (FMP, 1974)
  • Bavarian Calypso & Good Bye (FMP, 1975)
  • Jahrmarkt/Local Fair (Po Torch, 1977)
  • Pearls (FMP, 1977)
  • Improvisations (Japo, 1978)
  • Hamburg '74 (FMP, 1979)
  • Globe Unity 2002 (Intakt, 2003)
  • Baden-Baden '75 (FMP, 2011)

With others

  • Derek Bailey, Live in Okayama 1987 (Improvised, 2000)
  • Ginger Baker, No Material (ITM, 1989)
  • Ginger Baker, Live in Munich Germany 1987 (Voiceprint, 2010)
  • Johannes Bauer, Blue City (Trost, 2017)
  • Thomas Borgmann, Stalker Songs (CIMP, 1998)
  • Caspar Brotzmann, Last Home (Pathological, 1990)
  • Don Cherry, Actions (Philips, 1971)
  • Marilyn Crispell, Hyperion (Music & Art, 1995)
  • Andrew Cyrille, Andrew Cyrille Meets Brötzmann in Berlin (FMP, 1983)
  • Hanns Eisler, Einheitsfrontlied (FMP, 1973)
  • Heiner Goebbels, Horstucke (ECM, 1994)
  • Charles Hayward, Double Agent(s) Live in Japan Vol. Two (Locus Solus, 1998)
  • Haino Keiji, Two City Blues (Trost, 2015)
  • Peter Kowald, Duos Europa (FMP, 1991)
  • London Jazz Composers Orchestra, Stringer (FMP, 1983)
  • London Jazz Composers Orchestra, That Time (Not Two, 2020)
  • Joe McPhee, Guts (Okka Disk, 2006)
  • Joe McPhee, The Damage Is Done (Not Two, 2009)
  • Misha Mengelberg, Groupcomposing (Instant Composers Pool, 1978)
  • Misha Mengelberg, Japan Japon (Instant Composers Pool, 1982)
  • Phil Minton, The Berlin Station (FMP, 1988)
  • Evan Parker, The Bishop's Move (Victo, 2004)
  • Manfred Schoof, European Echoes (FMP, 1969)
  • Cecil Taylor, Alms/Tiergarten (Spree) (FMP, 1989)
  • Cecil Taylor, Olu Iwa (Soul Note, 1994)
  • Fred Van Hove, Front to Front (Dropa Disc 2020)
  • Alexander von Schlippenbach, Globe Unity (SABA, 1967)
  • Alexander von Schlippenbach, The Living Music (Quasar, 1969)

Films

  • RAGE!, by Bernard Josse (F 2011)
  • BRÖTZMANN, Filmproduktion Siegersbusch, documentary film by René Jeuckens, Thomas Mau and Grischa Windus (Cinema, DVD, D/UK 2011)
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